“IT” R Rating Set & Sequel Still Planned

Producer Dan Lin is currently doing press rounds for “The LEGO Batman Movie” and has spoken with Collider about some of his upcoming projects, one of the key ones being the film adaptation of Stephen King’s iconic horror tale “IT”.

We’ve long suspected the films would have to be R-rated due to the source material, but there was always a chance the project would be a PG-13. Not so says Lin, saying the new film will keep the darker elements of the original novel that even the mini-series couldn’t do:

“It is a rated-R movie. If you’re going to make a ‘Rated-R movie’, you have to fully embrace what it is, and you have to embrace the source material. It is a scary clown that’s trying to kill kids. So of course that’s going to be a rated-R movie.

The kids are amazing. You very much get a Stand by Me vibe as far as their camaraderie and the way they joke with each other and that they really care for each other. They do have a scary clown that’s taken over the town of Derry, so it’s going to be rated R.”

The project has always been talked about as a two-part movie, with the first to focus on the kids. During production of the first installment though, not much was spoken about regarding the second one and it seemed like maybe those plans had been scrapped. Lin says the intention is still to do a second one and the production team has not wavered:

“Naturally that’s the plan. If you look at the book, it’s the part of the book that we have not yet explored. The book we really broke down into two parts. The first part is this movie and if audiences react to this movie in the way we hope they will and I think they will, then we’ll be to tell the adult story as well.”

As expected, it also means that if the first film bombs then the second one will be quietly abandoned. It also suggests that at least this first entry will be relatively self-contained. Andres Muschietti helms “IT” which is currently slated to hit cinemas in September.