It has yet to open in theaters, but plans for a sequel are already in the works.
Early reports suggest It is in for a huge opening weekend, so instead of waiting to see the success happen, New Line Cinema has been assembling the crew of the first movie for a follow-up, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Gary Dauberman, one of the screenwriters for It, has already signed on to return along with multiple producers. Director Andy Muschietti is also expected to return, although nothing has been signed yet.
The sequel is being called Chapter Two, but it is unclear if that will be the title for the sequel or it’ll be incorporated as a subtitle, like It: Chapter Two.
It’s not surprising the sequel is being made with an impressive $50 million-plus opening expected. That will cover the $30 million production cost right away, but there’s still some marketing costs that need to be recouped. But it’s a forgone conclusion it will turn a big profit given the movie is already earning glowing reviews.
As for the plot of the movie, it will take place 27 years later. Early rumors suggest it’ll revolve around the same characters in the first film, but we don’t know if the cast of younger kids will reprise their roles, possibly flashbacks scenes.
There’s also no word on a release date, but New Line Cinema is eyeing a 2019 opening. That’s a long time away, but it’ll be worth the wait.
It opens in theaters September 8.