When director Andy Muschietti brought Stephen King's IT to the big screen in 2017, it was pretty obvious it was only the first half of a much more ambitious work. After all, there are some differences between the IT film and book; Muschietti's IT focused entirely on events that took place while the story's protagonists were growing up in Derry, ME, while King's doorstop of a novel bounced around liberally between their childhood and their return home as adults to face the horror that had haunted them.
When IT quickly became one of the highest-grossing horror films of all time, the likelihood of a sequel was all but guaranteed. So, as that inevitable sequel draws ever closer, just what do we know for sure about IT: Chapter Two?
The Film Features Both The 'Ritual Of Chüd' And 'The Turtle'
In an interview with CinemaBlend, screenwriter Gary Dauberman explained how the filmmakers plan to portray one of the most bizarre and visually difficult aspects of the book, the "Ritual of Chüd." In order to kill It, the adult members of the Losers' Club have a psychic battle of wills against the evil. Dauberman explained:
The Ritual of Chüd is challenging, but it’s such an important component to the book that we had to address it...
I think that’s something that [director] Andy [Muschietti] gave a lot of thought about, which was great, because as I was kind of chugging along through the Adrian Melon stuff and sort of more the stuff that’s in the book that you kind of just want to see on screen. I’m writing that stuff, and Andy would kind of go off and think about Chüd and how he wants to visually represent all that stuff. He just came up with some brilliant, brilliant stuff… It really is going to be amazing.
Director Andy Muschietti also spoke to SlashFilm and described how he planned on capturing the character of "The Turtle," the benevolent counterpart to It:
In the book, they somehow address the turtle and say ‘the turtle couldn’t help us.’ But I think in the second part, the turtle will try to help them. In the second movie, the turtle left a few clues to their childhood that they don’t remember. They have to retrieve those memories from the summer of 1989, and that’s how we jump back to 1989. The keys to defeating to Pennywise are left in the past, and as adults, they don’t remember.
Comic Con Revealed A Sneak Preview Featuring The Adult Losers Club
Fans at San Diego's comic con were treated to a video about the upcoming sequel, featuring Bill (James McAvoy), Beverly (Jessica Chastain), Richie (Bill Hader), Mike (Isaiah Mustafa), Ben (Jay Ryan), Eddie (James Ransone), and Stanley (Andy Bean).
Most of the video was behind the scenes footage of scenes being shot, but towards the end there was a brief sneak preview. In the scene, the Losers' Club are reunited at a restaurant as adults and Richie asks the group what they want to discuss, although his tone indicates he already knows.
The Adult Cast Did Their First Read-Through In July 2018
On July 2, 2018, The It Movie's official Twitter released a photo of the adult cast captioned, "Back to Derry with these Losers." The cast joined director Andy Muschietti for a script read-through. Warner Brothers also released a short synopsis of what to expect in the coming sequel:
Because every 27 years evil revisits the town of Derry, Maine, It: Chapter Two brings the characters—who’ve long since gone their separate ways—back together as adults, nearly three decades after the events of the first film.
Teach Grant And Jess Weixler Signed On To The Sequel
The ensemble cast of It: Chapter Two gained two more additions in late June 2018. Teach Grant, known for his role in Netflix's Altered Carbon, has signed on to play the adult version of Henry Bowers, the bully from the first installment of the franchise.
Jess Weixler, who starred in the horror Teeth, is set to play Bill's wife.