Box-office estimates for the upcoming film adaptation of Stephen King’s “IT” keep rising with talk of the film potentially opening to $70 million or so following early rave reaction.
We know the film only adapts half of King’s massive novel, and at last report director Andres Muschietti is returning to helm an adaptation of the second half which begins production early next year.
Now doing press rounds for “IT,” he confirms to Bad Taste that his priority is the “IT” sequel and, once that’s wrapped, he’ll then do the live-action version of “Robotech” for Sony Pictures.
Asked if the “IT” second part will have a higher budget, he not unsurprisingly responded: “Well, clearly I hope so”. Muschietti has previously said that while the second half will focus on the adult versions of the characters in the present day, there will be scenes involving the kids as well as dialogue between the two timelines.
There is also expected to be flashbacks throughout Derry’s history, revealing numerous times IT’s influence is seen in the community, and a visit to another dimension to face IT in its true form.
Muschietti’s first film offers a more grounded conclusion, but he tells Yahoo Movies there’s several reasons for this, and the second film will tackle the costly, FX-heavy and more otherworldly fight against the shapeshifting antagonist:
“I really wanted to focus on the emotional journey of the group of kids. Getting in to that other dimension – the other side – was something that we could introduce in the second part.
In the book the perspective of the writing… is always with the Losers, so everything they know about Pennywise is very speculative and shrouded in obscurity, so I wanted to respect that mystery feeling of not knowing what’s on the other side.
I also wanted to leave something for the second half, so I didn’t want to get in trouble with that – going into the macroverse or that transdimensional stuff – and keep it grounded, from the point of view of the kids.
There’s another movie to expand into that. Also, there’s a physical truth that it’s a movie that has a budget. And I didn’t want to get into a depiction of a realm that f—s up our budget, the creation of a world that will basically suck up half of our budget, and would have to sacrifice a lot of things.
So basically it’s a balancing act, but it’s also intricately connected with the content, which is staying true to the emotional aspect of the book.”
“IT” opens on September 8th 2017. Check out a new clip from the film below: