Andy Muschietti's directorial effort for 2017's IT has been met with widespread acclaim from those critics lucky enough to score an early screening. Described as part black comedy and pure horror suspense that meshes an old Stephen King tale with a new cast, the feature is on the cusp of something very special when IT opens in theaters across the US on September 8.
It might be considered early to be requesting a sequel, but Bill Skarsgård has wasted no time in signing onto the second installment. To heighten anticipation even further, he explains that the follow up will make this edition appear mundane by comparison. Yikes.
IT 2 To Explore Pennywise Backstory Further
Speaking with UK publication Metro, Skarsgård outlined his thought process taking over the role vacated by Tim Curry in the 1990 miniseries of the same name.
"I sort of grew up with the Tim performance and I was very familiar with it and a huge fan as an actor, so my process of preparing for the role was, 'okay this needs to be different' and I think we did that, I think this Pennywise is different and they can stand alone - there's no need to compare them as you can appreciate both but it was important to me to do something new and something original with the take on the character."
Following the announcement of an IT 2 or IT: Part II title that will continue the chase between Pennywise and The Losers Club, the actor admitted that the project is only in the early stages of development.
"I am attached to it but that's all I can say, we're in the early stages and I'm talking to Andy about it and figuring out what IT (2) will be. It's a different story but I'm excited to delve in deeper to the character as there's more exploration for who Pennywise is."
With King's book, the second stanza showcased a Pennywise that played on the fears of adults as opposed to children. Will this be the case in the sequel?
"Yeah I think we’ll see where it goes but it’s definitely just - reading the movie and the book and talking about the second one, we have to raise the ante and not just do the same thing again so I’m looking forward to that process."
IT Cannot Be Killed, Cannot Be Caught, Cannot Be Stopped
While the Swede has experienced a whirlwind by fronting this horror reboot, it has been one hell of a recent ride for Finn Wolfhard. Playing one of The Losers Club members, the young actor would shoot to stardom with his role as Will Byers in Netlfix's Stranger Things prior to landing this part.
As the 14-year old was sitting down alongside his IT colleagues, he was quizzed about the series antagonist Demogorgon on Good Morning America. Was the beast more frightening to deal with than his movie counterpart Pennywise? No chance.
"A lot of people have been asking me, 'What's scarier, Pennywise of the Demogorgon?'" he said. "I thought that, the Demogorgon you could kill, for real, but Pennywise can shapeshift into anything and is kind of immortal, in a sense. I think that's why he's scarier, because he's more of a being."