While the studio has yet to confirm whether or not the sequel has been given the official title IT: Chapter 2, filmmaker Andy Muschietti has outlined what he wants to showcase in the follow up installment. Speaking with Yahoo at Los Angeles, the Argentine director expanded on his take from the Stephen King novel, seeing a 27 year break from the initial fight between Pennywise and The Losers Club.
One of the great elements from the world that was created is the mystical macroverse, an alternative dimension where IT lurks. For Muschietti, he wanted to create a grounded horror title that banks enough money first up, leaving him to splash out in part two.
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Set in 1989 Derry, Maine, IT gives us an origin tale of The Losers Club to introduce Bill Denbrough, Ben Hanscom, Beverly Marsh, Richie Tozier, Stanley Uris, Mike Hanlon, Eddie Kaspbrak and Henry Bowers. With a temptation to pack much of the subject material into one movie, Muschietti offered his thinking behind the 2017 reboot.
"I really wanted to focus on the emotional journey of the group of kids," he remarked. "Getting in to that other dimension, the other side, was something that we could introduce in the second part. In the book the perspective of the writing... is always with the Losers, so everything they know about Pennywise is very speculative and shrouded in absurdity, so I wanted to respect that mystery feeling of not knowing what's on the other side."
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Working with a budget from New Line and Warner Brothers that was slated for between $35m to $45m, Muschietti knew that he had to utilize his resources wisely. If the early buzz from the critics is any guide though, he will have more than enough to bring the macroverse into play for the sequel.
"I wanted to leave something for the second half, so I didn't want to get in trouble with that, going into the macroverse or that transdimensional stuff, and keep it grounded, from the point of view of the kids. There's another movie to expand into that. Also, there's a physical truth that it's a movie that has a budget. And I didn't want to get into a depiction of a realm that f***s up our budget, the creation of a world that will basically suck up half of our budget, and would have to sacrifice a lot of things. So basically it's a balancing act, but it's also intricately connected with the content, which is staying true to the emotional aspect of the book."
IT: Chapter 2 will do just more than have the Losers in adult form though, traveling back to their horrific childhood that was forever changed by Pennywise.
"There will be a dialogue between the two timelines, which is something that I love from the book. So it's not just the (Losers' Club as) adults, we're going to come back to 1989."
IT opens in theaters September 8.