The IT Movie came out in 2017 with many mixed reviews from those who loved the book but also held its own. It was based on the Stephen King novel about a shape-shifting evil clown that lived in the sewers under a small town called Derry. The story followed a group of children who were being tormented by Pennywise the Clown until they teamed up to stop the creature from killing anymore kids. When the sequel was announced, many assumed it was called IT: Chapter 2 – but apparently, it will be called IT: Part 2 instead.
As I stated earlier, the first was about a group of kids, and part 2 will follow those same kids but all grown up. The film is taking place 27 years after the original, setting it around the year 2015 which will give us a look at the more modern approach to stopping the evil clown. When King wrote about Pennywise, he wrote it around the 2 eras of 1958 and 1985 so even though the films are not directly on the correct time line they are allowing for that gap.
The sequel is also going to take us on a fun little joy ride through the origin story of Pennywise – and through his sadistic tactics. When Bill Skarsgård was given the role of Pennywise, he did the research necessary to bring us the clown we had all hoped for. From his crazy eyes to his maniacal voice, he brought us a well thought out and well-acted creepy villain. The research left him with his own thoughts on what should happen in the sequel and how “psychedelic” it would be to go into his mind:
“…the second one will be the adult story. And I think the right way to do it is to make that movie actively different. … I think there might be worth exploring sort of the psychological aspects of horror, but also maybe the sort of cosmological existence of this being. What is he, and where does he come from?”
So as far as we can tell, this movie is going to be awesome and Skarsgård is going to bring us the evil clown the best he can, with even more thought and his own touch behind it hopefully. Regardless how small of a detail that might be, it is one step closer to coming to our screen. The movie is set to be released in September of 2019 – which is a long enough wait if you ask me.
What do you think of the name? Would you rather it be Chapter 2? Are you excited to see Bill Skarsgård as Pennywise again? Be sure to tell us what you think in the comments below!