Andres Muschietti confirms prep date for IT sequel

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 20 July 2017
Bill Skarsgard

Bill Skarsgard

Andres Muschietti wants to start prepping for the second part of his 'IT' remake in March next year

Andres Muschietti hopes preparation the second 'IT' movie will start next March.

The remake of the 1990 cult-classic starring Tim Curry is being helmed by the 'Mama' director and unlike the original movie, which followed the characters as both children and adults, the remake is set to be split into two adaptations looking at both generations.

Now Muschietti has said they plan to start shooting the second part next spring, with the first movie released in September 2018 2017.

Speaking to Variety, the filmmaker said: "We'll probably have a script for the second part in January. Ideally, we would start prep in March.

"Part one is only about the kids. Part two is about these characters 30 years later as adults, with flashbacks to 1989 when they were kids."

'IT' is based on the novel by Stephen King and follows a group of young children who are faced with their biggest fears when they square off against an evil clown named Pennywise after multiple children go missing.

The surviving children mature into adulthood and are forced to revisit their horrors as one by one they experience Pennywise again.

'Allegiant' star Bill Skarsgard, 26, has been cast to play the evil Pennywise, which was originally brought to life by the 'Rocky Horror Picture Show' star in the 1990 movie adaptation.

It's been reported that Skarsgard's spin on the clown terrified the child extras as he was auditioning for the role.

Muschietti said: "He didn't stay in character when the camera stopped, but we did try to maintain distance between him and the kids.

"We wanted to carry the impact of the encounters to when the cameras were rolling. The first scene where Bill interacted with the children, it was fun to see how the plan worked.

"The kids were really, really creeped out by Bill. He's pretty intimidating because he's six-four and has all this makeup."

It Chapter Two

  • 3 stars
  • 2019
  • US
  • 2h 50min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Andy Muschietti
  • Cast: James McAvoy, Jessica Chastain, Bill Skarsgård, Bill Hader
  • UK release: 6 September 2019

Twenty-seven years after the events of the first film, the town experiences a series of attacks, causing the Losers to reunite. Darker-toned than the first one, it has an impactful story about friendship and buried secrets and if the repetitive CGI lose their impact, there are still surprises in store.

It

  • 3 stars
  • 2017
  • US
  • 2h 15min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Andrés Muschietti
  • Cast: Jaeden Lieberher, Bill Skarsgård, Jeremy Ray Taylor, Sophia Lillis, Finn Wolfhard, Wyatt Oleff, Chosen Jacobs, Jack Dylan Grazer
  • UK release: 8 September 2017

A group of kids discovers that their town is haunted by an evil shape-shifting clown (Skarsgård). Well-crafted and properly creepy, with a sinister turn from Skarsgård as the dribbling Pennywise and Lillis superb as the gang’s only female member, it lays down solid groundwork for the planned second instalment.

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