Director Andy Muschietti’s two-part adaptation of Stephen King’s IT has finally been completed with the release of IT: Chapter 2. Yet, as these things sometimes do, there’s been talk that the immense financial and critical success of both films could lead to a third chapter. And, although the main story has been told, it’s been discussed that IT: Chapter 3 could delve deeper into the backstory of Pennywise.
While both Andy Muschietti and Pennywise actor Bill Skarsgård have both recently opened up about doing a third film, Skarsgård has revealed that a third story actually exists for such a thing.
“Andy and I have discussed ideas for what a third movie would look like. I don’t think it’s quite what people expect. It’s something different. The first two stories are the book, and the second film is the end of that story. So we would do something quite literally off book. There are a few ideas floating around. I feel like I’ve done what I can with the incarnation of Pennywise as we know of him, so I think it would be a cool idea to change up a few things. So, without going into too much detail, there is a story that we’re kind of excited about, but it’s way too early to say. But we’ll see, we’ll see.”
Again, it’s not like a major studio hasn’t decided before to make new original sequels based on a specific adaptation. But because the IT films have become so iconic and are widely considered to be such high quality productions, it’s possible they won’t want to risk ruining that to make a few unneeded sequels.
Nevertheless, Hollywood is a crazy place, and anything can happen. Pennywise is making bank at the box office through IT: Chapter 2, so it’s at least a possibility to see if the killer clown makes a return in a potential IT: Chapter 3 story.