After taking the box office by storm following a very uneven summer season of films, it was a given that New Line Cinema would be moving forward with the second chapter of their adaptation of Stephen King’s It. Now we know when that sequel and Pennywise the Dancing Clown will return.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the second chapter of the horror film that focuses on the protagonists returning as adults to take on the evil entity that takes on the form of a clown will arrive on September 06, 2019. This puts it at almost exactly two years after the first chapter’s debut.
Screenwriter Gary Dauberman was already previously announced as returning for the sequel with director Andy Muschietti reportedly still in talks to return. The films producers Barbara Muschietti, Dan Lin, Seth Grahame-Smith, Roy Lee and David Katzenberg are all likely to return as well.
Chapter one followed the characters Bill, Eddie, Bev, Ben, Stan, Mike and Richie as they took on Pennywise who returns to the town of Derry, Maine every 27 years to kill and consume the fear of children. In King’s original novel the story shifts back and forth between the past and present day of the adult version of the characters returning to fight Pennywise once more after they defeated him as children.
It makes sense for New Line to quickly jump on pushing the sequel forward not only because of the film’s success but because reportedly the kid actors from the first film will return for new flashbacks in the film and they need to get the film moving before they age up too much.