The movie theatre is a happy place for most. A place where you can escape, relax and enjoy yourself. That is, unless you went to see It, which was released last week.
The horror film, adapted from the iconic book of the same name by Stephen King, is storming the box office as people clamor to go and watch the creepy clown-themed flick. With extremely positive reviews, it would appear that the supernatural film couldn’t get much better. Except, it can. The sequel is set to really make you scream…
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, director Andy Muschietti, hinted at what was to be expected in the sequel. Which has, naturally, sent fans online into a meltdown. Read on, if you are brave enough…
Muschietti explains that the children from the first film will still feature in the second, however, they will exist in the memories of the Losers Club and will be “a very big part of the action”. Explaining to Entertainment Weekly in more detail, Muschietti divulges:
“On the second movie, that dialogue between timelines will be more present. If we’re telling the story of adults, we are going to have flashbacks that take us back to the ‘80s and inform the story in the present day.”
Muschietti also explains that for the character of Mike Hanlon (played by Chosen Jacobs), things are about to get much darker. Even more so than in King’s famous novel:
“My idea of Mike in the second movie is quite darker from the book. I want to make his character the one pivotal character who brings them all together, but staying in Derry took a toll with him. I want him to be a junkie actually. A librarian junkie. When the second movie starts, he’s a wreck.”
But, the sequels plot isn’t the only thing causing great excitement, as Muschietti has also made some hints with regard to the future casting. If he stays true to his word, this casting will be pure magic…
When talking to Variety during publicity rounds, it was suggested to Muschietti that Jessica Chastain be cast as Beverly in the sequel, as it was pointed out that she resembles Sophia Lillis, who plays Beverly in the first film.
Muschietti and Chastain have worked together before on the 2013 horror film, Mama. So, when this observation was made, Muschietti didn’t totally discredit it. Instead, he simply said:
“She loves the movie and it feels like the planets are aligned in that sense, but we still have to make that happen. There are a lot of ideas for the rest of the cast that I’m playing with, but it’s a bit too premature to say those names right now.”
Even without a star-studded cast, the sequel is set to be a hit, simply based on the success of the first film, which cost $35 million to make and has already grossed $198 million worldwide. The movie grossed more money than Deadpool on its opening previews, and on its opening day It nearly eclipsed Paranormal Activity 3‘s whole first weekend.
It’s safe to say that commercially the film is a huge success, something that is not commonly expected from horror film, which appeals to a smaller portion of society, as opposed to other genres.
Could It be the movie to make horror mainstream? With its critical and commercial success, it is easy to see a shift. Could horror be the new chick flick? Only time will tell…