While reporting last weekend’s box office results I told you that New Line Cinema’s IT continued to float toward the $500 million worldwide marker and would hit it by this coming weekend. By the end of today, the latest Stephen King adaptation will officially be able to say it has made half a billion dollars. Budgeted at $35M, which is actually pretty high for a horror film, this puts the film exorbitantly over the profit threshold as its initial target was somewhere in the $200M range, which both Get Out ($250M) and Annabelle: Creation ($300M) were able to surpass in this year alone.
While New Line always planned on moving forward on a sequel, which was teased during the final frames of the theatrical release, the studio is fast-tracking it for release on Sep. 6, 2019.
Andy Muschietti will direct the second chapter in the epic saga for New Line and Warner Bros., while Gary Dauberman (IT) has inked a deal to write the script.
The Losers’ Club will be returning as adults in the follow-up, Muschietti said the kids – Jaeden Lieberher, Finn Wolfhard, Sophia Lillis, Jack Dylan Grazer, Wyatt Oleff, Chosen Jacobs and Jeremy Ray Taylor – will be brought back for flashbacks.
“Part two is about these characters 30 years later as adults,” Muschietti recently noted, “with flashbacks to 1989 when they were kids.”
What can you expect from IT: Part 2? Here’s everything we know!