Warner Bros.’ It franchise shows no sign of ‘sinking’ into the sewers of Derry as director Andy Muschietti teases possible plans for a trilogy of films. After the great success of It: Chapter One in 2017, Muschietti is planning on rounding off the story with It: Chapter Two in a matter of days.
Stephen King’s acclaimed novel focussed on a terrifying clown named Pennywise — an evil being that stalks a group of outcast kids who call themselves the Losers Club. King’s book was split into two distinct halves and was perfect for Warner Bros. to adapt into two movies. However, Muschietti says the story doesn’t end there.
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Speaking to io9, Muschietti claims the mythology surrounding Pennywise is just too good to pass up on. “There is a whole mythology to the book,” he said. “Mythology is something that always has opportunities to explore. It has been on Earth for millions of years.
“He’s been in contact with humans for hundreds of years, every 27 years. So you can imagine the amount of material.”
Pennywise is actually a demonic creature that can take the form of your darkest fears. For the Losers Club, it just happens to be the homicidal harlequin with a penchant for biting their limbs off. This has actually become my greatest fear after seeing the first film.
It’s It is not yet known as to whether Muschietti would like to make a sequel or a prequel.
As It: Chapter One briefly touched on, there have been plenty of horrifying incidents involving Pennywise over the years. That being said, there’s lots of interest in Mike Flanagan’s upcoming continuation of The Shining. Based on King’s book Doctor Sleep, Flanagan is bringing a sequel to Stanley Kubrick’s legendary movie to our screens.
While King has never written a sequel to It, I’m sure Muschietti can come up with another terrifying story to fill us all with the dread that we crave. All of this is a long way off just yet, and it’s also important to note that Warner Bros. has said nothing about continuing the story of It beyond Chapter Two. However, if the second film is as well received as the first, I can’t see why they wouldn’t be open to another one.
Muschietti reiterated, “It’s always exciting to think of eventually exploring this mythology. It’s very exciting. But, for now, there’s nothing on the table.”
Well, at least we can sit back and ‘enjoy’ the slaughter of It: Chapter Two and an all-star cast including James McAvoy, Jessica Chastain, and Bill Hader. Could we be seeing the adult ‘Losers’ return for another terrifying outing? We can hear the jingling of Pennywise the dancing clown from here.
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