New Line Horror Pics Will Own The Post-Labor Day Space Through 2022

EXCLUSIVE: Warner Bros. made it official today that their New Line genre fare will stake out the post-Labor Day weekend through 2022; a 3-day period they initially made lucrative in September 2017 when they opened It to a record $123.4M for the month, …

EXCLUSIVE: Warner Bros. made it official today that their New Line genre fare will stake out the post-Labor Day weekend through 2022; a 3-day period they initially made lucrative in September 2017 when they opened It to a record $123.4M for the month, and did so again this year when they bowed Conjuring spinoff The Nun to the month’s second best domestic B.O. debut of $53.8M. Already, New Line has It: Chapter Two from director Andy Muschietti opening on Sept. 6 next year…

Looks Like Pennywise Beat Up James McAvoy on the Set of ‘IT: Chapter 2’ (Photo)

James McAvoy has mixed it up with Pennywise the Dancing Clown on the set of “IT: Chapter 2,” and apparently it didn’t go super well.

McAvoy instagrammed the aftermath of his battle with the evil shape-shifting clown (played by Bill Skarsgard) during shooting. According to the post, the result was “two pulled thighs.” The photo shows McAvoy in his chair on set, using “Compresse Froide” (“cold compress” in French — the movie’s shooting in Toronto, which is sorta close to French-speaking Quebec) — to ease the pain.

Also Read: James McAvoy Photos From ‘IT: Chapter 2′ Suggest More to the Kids’ Story

While McAvoy might have lost this go-round with Pennywise, he promised he wasn’t done with the fight against Pennywise via a hashtag: “#gonnatakehimdowntoclowntown.” We assume that, despite Pennywise being a clown, “Clown Town” is a euphemism for a beat-down and not a place he would actually want to go.

In the second movie of the two-part “IT” film adaptation, McAvoy plays the grown-up version Bill Denbrough, played as a kid by Jaeden Lieberher in the first “IT.” Bill is something of the leader of the group of kids known as the “Losers Club,” and he led them down into the sewers beneath Derry, Maine, (Clown Town?) to fight the demonic clown — and they even managed to defeat it.

Given the dirty look of McAvoy’s clothes and the discussion of fighting Pennywise, it’s a fair guess that McAvoy and the rest of the cast were filming what might be the climactic final battle between the Losers Club and their clown arch-nemesis. In the first “IT,” the final fight between the kids and Pennywise took place in a huge, cavernous room beneath the city, but while they hurt the clown, they didn’t manage to kill it before it escaped down a pipe. If the novel (and McAvoy’s clothes in the shot) are any indication, the final fight between the Losers and Pennywise will likely take them even deeper into the earth, to stop Pennywise from escaping a second time.

Just what that final battle will be like is an open question, however. In the Stephen King novel on which the movie is based, Pennywise isn’t the true form of the creature the kids are hunting, but one of its many shapeshifting masks. The real monster looks more like a giant spider, something we haven’t seen yet.

Also Read: ‘Castle Rock’ Just Explained Why So Many Stephen King Stories Happen There

And then there’s the question of the fight itself. The movie version of the battle with Pennywise in “IT” included some spooky trickery and an emphasis on the kids refusing to be afraid of the clown, which drained its powers, but they still wound up smashing its head with a pipe. The novel battle is different — it’s all mental, with Bill facing down the spider-monster on another plane of existence, beating it with what is basically the pure power of belief. When the adults show up 27 years later, the fight with the spider is pretty similar to that battle.

If McAvoy’s Bill is straining to fight Pennywise (or maybe the spider version of the clown), that suggests a more physical confrontation with the creature than what’s in the novel. That could mean that trying to predict the outcome of “IT: Chapter 2” from the way King’s novel shakes out might be a lost cause. We’ll have to wait for the movie’s release in September 2019 to find out.

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James McAvoy has mixed it up with Pennywise the Dancing Clown on the set of “IT: Chapter 2,” and apparently it didn’t go super well.

McAvoy instagrammed the aftermath of his battle with the evil shape-shifting clown (played by Bill Skarsgard) during shooting. According to the post, the result was “two pulled thighs.” The photo shows McAvoy in his chair on set, using “Compresse Froide” (“cold compress” in French — the movie’s shooting in Toronto, which is sorta close to French-speaking Quebec) — to ease the pain.

While McAvoy might have lost this go-round with Pennywise, he promised he wasn’t done with the fight against Pennywise via a hashtag: “#gonnatakehimdowntoclowntown.” We assume that, despite Pennywise being a clown, “Clown Town” is a euphemism for a beat-down and not a place he would actually want to go.

In the second movie of the two-part “IT” film adaptation, McAvoy plays the grown-up version Bill Denbrough, played as a kid by Jaeden Lieberher in the first “IT.” Bill is something of the leader of the group of kids known as the “Losers Club,” and he led them down into the sewers beneath Derry, Maine, (Clown Town?) to fight the demonic clown — and they even managed to defeat it.

Given the dirty look of McAvoy’s clothes and the discussion of fighting Pennywise, it’s a fair guess that McAvoy and the rest of the cast were filming what might be the climactic final battle between the Losers Club and their clown arch-nemesis. In the first “IT,” the final fight between the kids and Pennywise took place in a huge, cavernous room beneath the city, but while they hurt the clown, they didn’t manage to kill it before it escaped down a pipe. If the novel (and McAvoy’s clothes in the shot) are any indication, the final fight between the Losers and Pennywise will likely take them even deeper into the earth, to stop Pennywise from escaping a second time.

Just what that final battle will be like is an open question, however. In the Stephen King novel on which the movie is based, Pennywise isn’t the true form of the creature the kids are hunting, but one of its many shapeshifting masks. The real monster looks more like a giant spider, something we haven’t seen yet.

And then there’s the question of the fight itself. The movie version of the battle with Pennywise in “IT” included some spooky trickery and an emphasis on the kids refusing to be afraid of the clown, which drained its powers, but they still wound up smashing its head with a pipe. The novel battle is different — it’s all mental, with Bill facing down the spider-monster on another plane of existence, beating it with what is basically the pure power of belief. When the adults show up 27 years later, the fight with the spider is pretty similar to that battle.

If McAvoy’s Bill is straining to fight Pennywise (or maybe the spider version of the clown), that suggests a more physical confrontation with the creature than what’s in the novel. That could mean that trying to predict the outcome of “IT: Chapter 2” from the way King’s novel shakes out might be a lost cause. We’ll have to wait for the movie’s release in September 2019 to find out.

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‘The Curse Of La Llorona’ Terrifies ScareDiego With First Look, ‘It: Chapter 2’ & ‘The Nun’ Debut Unnerving New Footage – Comic-Con

New Line Cinema didn’t come to Comic-Con to play. They came to terrify. On preview night of the fanboy/fangirl confab, New Line gave a hearty helping of scares at their second annual ScareDiego.
A whole army of New Line horror directors and actor…

New Line Cinema didn’t come to Comic-Con to play. They came to terrify. On preview night of the fanboy/fangirl confab, New Line gave a hearty helping of scares at their second annual ScareDiego. A whole army of New Line horror directors and actors were on hand for the presentation with James Wan, the mastermind behind The Conjuring cinematic universe, leading the charge. But it was the newly titled The Curse of La Llorona that stole the show for the night. Directed by Mich…

‘It: Chapter Two’: Behind the Scenes First-Look of Jessica Chastain, Bill Hader, and the Rest of the Grown-Up Losers Club Revealed

New Line Cinemas showed brief glimpses of footage during its second annual ScareDiego event.

The sequel to the highest-grossing horror film of all time just got one step closer to its release. At Wednesday night’s ScareDiego event — held a half-mile from where San Diego Comic-Con commences Thursday — New Line Cinemas showed an early, behind-the-scenes look at “It: Chapter Two.”

The film is based on the second part of Stephen King’s best-selling 1986 novel, in which evil clown Pennywise (Bill Skarsgård) preys on Derry, Maine once every 27 years. “It: Chapter Two” will introduce audiences to the ragtag Losers Club as grown friends who have lost touch and are pushing 40. Jaeden Lieberher, Wyatt Oleff, Sophia Lillis, Finn Wolfhard, Jeremy Ray Taylor, Chosen Jacobs, and Jack Dylan Grazer will reprise their roles, with James McAvoy, Andy Bean, Jessica Chastain, Bill Hader, Isaiah Mustafa, Jay Ryan, and James Ransone playing their respective adult counterparts. Among the other new additions are two veterans from this year’s Best Picture Oscar winner, “The Shape of Water”: production designer Paul D. Austerberry and costume designer Luis Sequeira.

Director Andy Muschietti sent a taped dispatch from the Toronto set, where his cast and crew have been in production since July 2. The footage showed him peering over storyboards of various fanged monsters and inspecting bloody costumes. Film snippets included an older Bill (McAvoy) crying a single tear, Chastain’s Beverly on a cellphone, and inside Pennywise’s sewer tunnels. Then there was The Losers Club reuniting in a Chinese restaurant with a large aquarium: Richie (Hader) bangs a gong and asks, “So what do you want to talk about?”

Screenwriter Gary Dauberman was at ScareDiego with a contingent from “The Nun,” which he also wrote. “It” made $700 million at the worldwide box office last year, becoming the top-earning King adaptation to date. Warner Bros. will distribute the sequel on September 6, 2019.

Bill Skarsgård Says Returning for ‘It: Chapter Two’ Is ‘Weird and Surreal’ Now That Pennywise Is a Pop Culture Icon

The actor also explains what it’s like for Jessica Chastain, James McAvoy, and more to be joining the sequel to the blockbuster 2017 horror movie.

Director Andy Muschietti has officially kicked off production on “It: Chapter Two” in Toronto. The sequel to the blockbuster 2017 horror film finds Jessica Chastain, James McAvoy, Bill Murray, and more playing the adult versions of the Losers’ Club, but the one face that’s staying the same is Bill Skarsgård. The 27-year-old actor is wearing the clown makeup once again as Pennywise, and he told Collider returning to the role was a bit weird after the first movie became a pop culture phenomenon.

“The first time I did it, nobody knew what I would do with it, so it was just all of this expectation,” Skarsgård said. “I didn’t know if it would work, or if people would respond to it. There was a lot of that worry going on about it…I worked really closely with Andy [Muschietti], the director. This time around, because the movie became such a phenomenon, it’s almost like I’m re-adapting myself.”

Skarsgård said it was surreal to watch Pennywise became a pop culture icon following the release of the first “It” installment last September. The character was so popular that LeBron James even dressed up as the clown for Halloween.

“It became this completely universal thing, outside of the thing. That’s not me. I can’t even relate myself to it anymore,” Skarsgård said. “And now that I’m going back and doing it, it’s such a bizarre thing. I don’t think I’ll ever really experience anything like it. It’s this dualistic thing of me and the work and the character, and then the thing that it became, but it’s fun.”

The actor said it didn’t take long for him to re-discover Pennywise’s voice during read-throughs and rehearsals. “I was surprised how much of the character was just there already,” he said. “I instantly could access him again, like it was yesterday that we wrapped the first one. It was just all there. So, the work and preparation and figuring out the character is almost intuitive, which is pretty cool. It’s a very strange thing, but I’m trying to enjoy the ride, as much as I can.”

As for what it’s like to have major stars like Chastain and McAvoy joining the franchise after the first movie went relatively star free, Skarsgård admitted it’s a bit odd.

“It’s weird and it’s surreal because some of them are really big stars and they’re coming in to your thing,” the actor said. “They’re stepping into the thing that me and Andy and the kids did. They’re joining the band, in a way. They’re excited, and I just had a lot of fun hanging out with all of them. It’s going to be a very different shooting experience with all adults, for sure, but it will be fun. They’re all really cool and talented people, so I think they will bring a lot to the table.”

Warner Bros. has already set a September 6, 2019 release date for “It: Chapter Two.” Skarsgård is sticking with Stephen King this summer with a supporting role in the Hulu original series “Castle Rock.” Head over to Collider to read the actor’s full interview.

‘IT Chapter Two’ Adds Taylor Frey To New Line Sequel

EXCLUSIVE: Taylor Frey has landed his first studio feature. The actor, whose credits include The Carrie Diaries and Gossip Girl, has been cast in New Line’s IT Chapter Two in the role of Don Hagarty who, in the Stephen King novel, is in a relatio…

EXCLUSIVE: Taylor Frey has landed his first studio feature. The actor, whose credits include The Carrie Diaries and Gossip Girl, has been cast in New Line’s IT Chapter Two in the role of Don Hagarty who, in the Stephen King novel, is in a relationship with Adrian Mellon (who will be played by Xavier Dolan in the film). Andy Muschietti returns to direct the sequel, which features the adult version of Losers' Club members who survived the malevolent Pennywise, which Bill…

‘It: Chapter Two’, ‘The Nun’ & More Part Of New Line’s 2nd Annual ‘ScareDiego’ At Comic-Con

EXCLUSIVE: New Line Cinema will be reprising their genre cinematic preview night ScareDiego at Comic-Con on Wed., July 18, 9:30PM at the Horton Grand Theatre in the Gaslamp District.
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EXCLUSIVE: New Line Cinema will be reprising their genre cinematic preview night ScareDiego at Comic-Con on Wed., July 18, 9:30PM at the Horton Grand Theatre in the Gaslamp District. Last year, New Line teed off Annabelle: Creation with a full sneak preview in addition to showing the first extended clips from It, and the first teaser from The Nun. Casts and filmmakers from Annabelle: Creation and It, specifically the Losers Club, were on hand presenting and talking about…

Jessica Chastain Joined ‘It: Chapter Two’ Because She’s a Stephen King Fan Who Loves How Horror ‘Empowers Women’

“I remember reading ‘Pet Sematary.’ Ohhh, I was so young when I read that book, and I got so scared,” Chastain recalled in a recent interview with IndieWire.

It was the kind of casting that seems preordained: When Jessica Chastain was officially tapped in February to play the adult Beverly Marsh in the much-anticipated horror sequel “It: Chapter Two,” the news came only after months of fans dream casting the redhead for the role, drumming up enough chatter that Chastain herself happily admitted to wanting the role in November of last year. The chance to take on the part of grown up Beverly (played by Sophia Lillis in the 2017 horror hit) also appealed to Chastain because it would reunite her with two of her favorite collaborators: director Andy Muschietti and his producer sister Barbara Muschietti.

But that wasn’t the only element that spoke to her. Like plenty of other genre fans, Chastain grew up reading Stephen King’s books and watching the movies they inspired, even if she was perhaps a smidge too young to dip into his brand of terror.

“Oh, yeah. I remember reading ‘Pet Sematary,'” Chastain said in a recent interview with IndieWire. “Ohhh, I was so young when I read that book, and I got so scared. And I watched that movie so many times. I read ‘The Shining.’ I really like his writing.”

The actress, who is currently promoting this week’s release “Woman Walks Ahead” (more on that, including an interview with Chastain and her director Susanna White, to come), is also a big fan of the horror genre, one she believes has often provided the kind of empowered parts for women that still aren’t prevalent in Hollywood.

“I actually love the horror genre, because I found that in the past — I think things are changing now — but in the past the horror genre [in particular] really has great female characters,” Chastain said. “I’m very happy to work again in a genre that actually has empowered women. And in that genre, you usually see the person surviving at the end being the lady. Do you know what I mean? She conquers the monsters or the bad guys, and she walks away at the end.”

As Chastain also noted, the film is her third foray into the genre, including “Mama” and “Crimson Peak.”

In King’s original 1986 novel, young Beverly and her friends battle the terrifying clown Pennywise, before growing up (and apart) into very different adults, forever linked by the horrors of their childhood in fictional Derry, Maine. Beverly, the lone girl in the self-professed Losers Club, escapes Derry for big city life in Chicago, going on to become a successful fashion designer.

Read More: ‘It: Chapter Two’ Wish List: 9 Things the Sequel Must Do in Order to Succeed

Yet the scars of her early life run deep, and adult Beverly has spent much of her life in abusive relationships that harken back to her childhood with her evil father. When Pennywise appears again in Derry, the Losers are forced to come back together to take him out once and for all, just as they vowed so many years before.

The “It: Chapter Two” cast also includes James McAvoy, Xavier Dolan, Jay Ryan, James Ransone, Andy Bean, and Isaiah Mustafa. Bill Skarsgård is returning in the role of Pennywise. Production is now underway in Toronto.

Warner Bros. Pictures will release “It: Chapter Two” in theaters nationwide September 6, 2019.

‘It: Chapter Two’: Xavier Dolan Joins the Cast Opposite Jessica Chastain and James McAvoy

Andy Muschietti is back in the director’s chair for the horror sequel, which is set for release in September 2019.

Xavier Dolan is joining the cast of “It: Chapter Two,” Deadline confirms. The actor-director joins Jessica Chastain, James McAvoy, and Bill Hader in the highly anticipated sequel to the 2017 horror blockbuster. “Chapter Two,” once again directed by Andy Muschietti, is based on Stephen King’s novel of the same name. The story centers around the Losers’ Club as adults lured back to their hometown of Derry, Maine to face off against Pennywise.

Dolan is set to play Adrian Mellon in “Chapter Two.” The character is a gay man living in Derry who is attacked by bullies and killed by Pennywise. The casting is the latest supporting gig for Dolan, who will appear opposite Lucas Hedges in Joel Edgerton’s “Boy Erased,” in theaters September 28. Dolan has stared in many of his directorial efforts, including “I Killed My Mother” and “Tom At the Farm.”

The “It: Chapter Two” cast also includes Jay Ryan, James Ransone, Andy Bean, and Isaiah Mustafa. Bill Skarsgård is returning in the role of Pennywise. Production is now underway in Toronto.

Warner Bros. Pictures will release “Chapter Two” in theaters nationwide September 6, 2019.

‘IT Chapter Two’: Xavier Dolan & Will Beinbrink Cast In New Line Sequel

EXCLUSIVE: Xavier Dolan and Will Beinbrink have landed supporting roles in New Line Cinema’s IT Chapter Two for director Andy Muschietti, who helmed the original. The sequel portrays the kids — members of the Losers’ Club, who were tormente…

EXCLUSIVE: Xavier Dolan and Will Beinbrink have landed supporting roles in New Line Cinema's IT Chapter Two for director Andy Muschietti, who helmed the original. The sequel portrays the kids — members of the Losers’ Club, who were tormented by Pennywise — as adults. James McAvoy plays Bill, Bill Hader is Richie, Jessica Chastain is Beverly, James Ransone is Eddie, Andy Bean is Stanley, Jay Ryan is Ben and Isaiah Mustafa is Mike. Bill Skarsgard returns as Pennywise. Dolan…

‘It: Chapter Two’ Signs Isaiah Mustafa as Grown-Up Mike Hanlon

Actor Isaiah Mustafa — best known as the Old Spice guy — has signed on as the adult version of Mike Hanlon in the sequel “It: Chapter Two,” TheWrap has learned.

Mustafa joins Jessica Chastain, James McAvoy, Bill Hader and Jay Ryan, who have already been cast to play Beverly, Bill, Richie and Ben, respectively. Bill Skarsgard will reprise his role as Pennywise the Clown.

Released last September, “It” became the highest grossing horror film of all-time, bringing in $700 million worldwide. Director Andy Muschietti and writer Gary Dauberman are also returning for “Chapter Two,” which will be released by Warner Bros. and New Line on September 6, 2019. Production is expected to start this summer.

Also Read: ‘It’ Star Bill Skargard Says Pennywise Haunted His Dreams After Shoot

“It” tells the first half of King’s novel, which follows a group of children terrorized by Pennywise the Clown. “Chapter Two” will focus on the book’s second half, in which the same characters  — now adults — return home to face Pennywise once again.

Actor Chosen Jacobs, who played the younger version of the Mike Hanlon role in last year’s “It,” was the first to announce the news of Mustafa’s casting on Friday night on Instagram.

Mustafa recently finished shooting the final season of  “Shadowhunters,” which airs on the Freeform channel.

“It: Chapter Two” begins production in July in Toronto, Canada, and is scheduled for release on September 6, 2019.

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Actor Isaiah Mustafa — best known as the Old Spice guy — has signed on as the adult version of Mike Hanlon in the sequel “It: Chapter Two,” TheWrap has learned.

Mustafa joins Jessica Chastain, James McAvoy, Bill Hader and Jay Ryan, who have already been cast to play Beverly, Bill, Richie and Ben, respectively. Bill Skarsgard will reprise his role as Pennywise the Clown.

Released last September, “It” became the highest grossing horror film of all-time, bringing in $700 million worldwide. Director Andy Muschietti and writer Gary Dauberman are also returning for “Chapter Two,” which will be released by Warner Bros. and New Line on September 6, 2019. Production is expected to start this summer.

“It” tells the first half of King’s novel, which follows a group of children terrorized by Pennywise the Clown. “Chapter Two” will focus on the book’s second half, in which the same characters  — now adults — return home to face Pennywise once again.

Actor Chosen Jacobs, who played the younger version of the Mike Hanlon role in last year’s “It,” was the first to announce the news of Mustafa’s casting on Friday night on Instagram.

Mustafa recently finished shooting the final season of  “Shadowhunters,” which airs on the Freeform channel.

“It: Chapter Two” begins production in July in Toronto, Canada, and is scheduled for release on September 6, 2019.

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‘It: Chapter Two’ Casts Andy Bean as Stanley Uris

The cast of the adult version of the Losers’ Club continues to take shape, as Andy Bean has signed on to play Stanley Uris in “It: Chapter Two,” an individual with knowledge of the project confirmed to TheWrap.

Stanley was played by Wyatt Oleff in the first “It” movie, which saw a group of kids in Maine get terrorized by the evil clown, Pennywise. The film, which tells the first half of Stephen King’s famous horror novel, ended with all the kids swearing to return as adults when Pennywise comes back to attack their hometown. But as Stanley will soon learn, Pennywise is expecting them.

Bean is know for his roles on “Power,” “Here and Now” and “Allegiant.”

Also Read: James McAvoy, Bill Hader in Talks to Join ‘It: Chapter Two’

“It: Chapter Two,” will star James McAvoy, Bill Hader, and Jessica Chastain as the adult versions of Stanley’s friends, Bill, Richie, and Beverly. The kids who starred in the first “It” will also return for flashbacks in “Chapter Two,” including Finn Wolfhard and Jaeden Lieberher. And Pennywise himself, Bill Skarsgard, will be back to reprise his role as the deadly clown made famous by Tim Curry in the 1990 TV miniseries adaptation of King’s book.

Released last September, “It” became the highest grossing horror film of all-time with $700 million grossed worldwide. Director Andy Muschietti and writer Gary Dauberman are also returning to work on “Chapter Two,” which will be released by Warner Bros. and New Line on September 6, 2019. Production is expected to start this summer.

Bean, who was most recently seen in the HBO series “Here and Now,” is repped by TalentWorks and Magnolia Entertainment.

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The cast of the adult version of the Losers’ Club continues to take shape, as Andy Bean has signed on to play Stanley Uris in “It: Chapter Two,” an individual with knowledge of the project confirmed to TheWrap.

Stanley was played by Wyatt Oleff in the first “It” movie, which saw a group of kids in Maine get terrorized by the evil clown, Pennywise. The film, which tells the first half of Stephen King’s famous horror novel, ended with all the kids swearing to return as adults when Pennywise comes back to attack their hometown. But as Stanley will soon learn, Pennywise is expecting them.

Bean is know for his roles on “Power,” “Here and Now” and “Allegiant.”

“It: Chapter Two,” will star James McAvoy, Bill Hader, and Jessica Chastain as the adult versions of Stanley’s friends, Bill, Richie, and Beverly. The kids who starred in the first “It” will also return for flashbacks in “Chapter Two,” including Finn Wolfhard and Jaeden Lieberher. And Pennywise himself, Bill Skarsgard, will be back to reprise his role as the deadly clown made famous by Tim Curry in the 1990 TV miniseries adaptation of King’s book.

Released last September, “It” became the highest grossing horror film of all-time with $700 million grossed worldwide. Director Andy Muschietti and writer Gary Dauberman are also returning to work on “Chapter Two,” which will be released by Warner Bros. and New Line on September 6, 2019. Production is expected to start this summer.

Bean, who was most recently seen in the HBO series “Here and Now,” is repped by TalentWorks and Magnolia Entertainment.

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James Ransone Joins ‘It: Chapter Two’

James Ransone will be playing the adult version of Eddie in Andy Muschietti’s It: Chapter Two. He’s the member of the Losers’ Club who was portrayed by Jake Dylan Grazer. Ransone joins Jessica Chastain, James McAvoy, and Bill Hader.

James Ransone will be playing the adult version of Eddie in Andy Muschietti’s It: Chapter Two. He’s the member of the Losers’ Club who was portrayed by Jake Dylan Grazer. Ransone joins Jessica Chastain, James McAvoy, and Bill Hader. The sequel portrays the kids, who were tormented by Pennywise, as adults. McAvoy plays Bill, Hader is Richie, Chastain plays Beverly, and Bill Skarsgard returns as Pennywise. Production starts this summer in Toronto. Ransone just wrapped on…

‘It: Chapter Two’ Casts ‘Tangerine’ Star James Ransone as Adult Eddie

Jessica Chastain, James McAvoy, and Bill Hader are also set to appear in the sequel to the blockbuster 2017 horror film.

It: Chapter Two” is bringing James Ransone on board to play the adult version of Eddie Kaspbrak. Jack Dylan Grazer played the character in the first installment. Ransone joins a cast that already includes Jessica Chastain as Beverly, James McAvoy as Bill, and Bill Harder as Richie. Andy Muschietti is gearing up to return to the director’s chair, while Bill Skarsgård is set to reprise his now iconic role as Pennywise the Clown.

Ransone is best known for supporting turns in Sean Baker’s “Tangerine,” the “Sinister” franchise, and the HBO miniseries “Generation Kill.” The actor also appeared as Ziggy Sobotka in the second season of HBO’s drama series “The Wire.” Ransone most recently appeared in the acclaimed indie “Gemini” opposite Lola Kirke and Zoe Kravitz. He also has wrapped production on the first season of Hulu’s new series “The First,” which also stars Sean Penn and Natascha McElhone.

Production on “It: Chapter Two” is expected to kick off later this summer. The first movie, released last September, was a critical and commercial hit, grossing just over $700 million worldwide to become the highest-grossing horror film ever released (unadjusted for inflation). With adult Eddie now cast, the members of the Losers Club that still need actors are Ben, Mike, and Stan.

Warner Bros. will release “Chapter Two” on September 6, 2019.

‘It: Chapter 2’: Bill Hader and James McAvoy in Talks to Join Jessica Chastain in the Losers Club

They’d be playing the adult versions of Richie and Bill, respectively.

Following the news that Jessica Chastain has officially joined “It: Chapter 2,” it appears the Losers Club may have two new members in Bill Hader and James McAvoy. Variety reports that both actors are in talks to join the horror sequel, the former as Richie (played by Finn Wolfhard of “Stranger Things” last year’s “It”) and the latter as Bill (Jaeden Lieberher). Andrés Muschietti will return to the director’s chair for the sequel, which takes place decades after the original.

Negotiations are in the early phase and nothing has been finalized as of yet. “It: Chapter 2” is set to begin shooting in Toronto this summer, with producer Roy Lee telling IndieWire that “the script is still being finalized and the locations are currently being scouted” in order to meet that schedule.

The second adaptation of Stephen King’s novel, “It” was hugely successful despite a troubled production process that saw it switch directors. The film garnered strong reviews and made $700 million against a budget of $35 million, making the upcoming sequel — which is slated for a September 6, 2019 theatrical release — a certainty.

James McAvoy, Bill Hader in Talks to Join ‘It: Chapter Two’

James McAvoy and Bill Hader are currently in talks to star alongside Jessica Chastain in next year’s “It: Chapter Two,” according to an individual with knowledge of the talks.

If he signs on, McAvoy will play Bill Denbrough, the leader of the band of social outcasts who vanquished Pennywise the Clown in last year’s “It.” Taking place over a quarter-century later, the adult Bill is now a successful author who must face his past when he discovers that Pennywise has returned to Derry, Maine. Jaeden Lieberher played Bill in the first film.

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Hader is in talks to play Richie Tozier, the class clown played by Finn Wolfhard. Now a successful DJ as an adult, he too learns about Pennywise’s return and goes back to Derry to fulfill the promise that he and his friends made to each other at the end of the first film.

Chastain has already signed on to play Beverly Marsh, the lone girl of the group and Bill’s childhood sweetheart. Bill and Beverly kiss at the end of “It,” but in the time that has gone by, Beverly has moved away and married to an abusive husband.

“It: Chapter Two” will see the first film’s director Andy Muschietti and screenwriter Gary Dauberman return, along with the kids from the original film who will reappear in flashbacks.

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Barbara Muschietti, Dan Lin and Roy Lee are producing with Seth Grahame-Smith and David Katzenberg as executive producers. The film will start production this July with release scheduled for Sept. 6, 2019.

McAvoy appeared last year in the spy action film “Atomic Blonde” and M. Night Shyamalan’s “Split,” the latter of which is getting a sequel, “Glass” that will see McAvoy reprise his role as the possessed Kevin Crumb. McAvoy will also return for his fourth performance as Dr. Charles Xavier in “X-Men: Dark Phoenix,” which was pushed back to a Valentine’s Day 2019 release for reshoots.

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Hader appeared last year as the robot Alpha 5 in “Power Rangers” and stars in the HBO series “Barry.” Both he and McAvoy are repped by UTA.

“It” was the biggest surprise of the box office last year, opening to $123.4 million last year and grossing $700 million worldwide. That made it the highest grossing horror film of all-time, unadjusted for inflation.

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James McAvoy and Bill Hader are currently in talks to star alongside Jessica Chastain in next year’s “It: Chapter Two,” according to an individual with knowledge of the talks.

If he signs on, McAvoy will play Bill Denbrough, the leader of the band of social outcasts who vanquished Pennywise the Clown in last year’s “It.” Taking place over a quarter-century later, the adult Bill is now a successful author who must face his past when he discovers that Pennywise has returned to Derry, Maine. Jaeden Lieberher played Bill in the first film.

Hader is in talks to play Richie Tozier, the class clown played by Finn Wolfhard. Now a successful DJ as an adult, he too learns about Pennywise’s return and goes back to Derry to fulfill the promise that he and his friends made to each other at the end of the first film.

Chastain has already signed on to play Beverly Marsh, the lone girl of the group and Bill’s childhood sweetheart. Bill and Beverly kiss at the end of “It,” but in the time that has gone by, Beverly has moved away and married to an abusive husband.

“It: Chapter Two” will see the first film’s director Andy Muschietti and screenwriter Gary Dauberman return, along with the kids from the original film who will reappear in flashbacks.

Barbara Muschietti, Dan Lin and Roy Lee are producing with Seth Grahame-Smith and David Katzenberg as executive producers. The film will start production this July with release scheduled for Sept. 6, 2019.

McAvoy appeared last year in the spy action film “Atomic Blonde” and M. Night Shyamalan’s “Split,” the latter of which is getting a sequel, “Glass” that will see McAvoy reprise his role as the possessed Kevin Crumb. McAvoy will also return for his fourth performance as Dr. Charles Xavier in “X-Men: Dark Phoenix,” which was pushed back to a Valentine’s Day 2019 release for reshoots.

Hader appeared last year as the robot Alpha 5 in “Power Rangers” and stars in the HBO series “Barry.” Both he and McAvoy are repped by UTA.

“It” was the biggest surprise of the box office last year, opening to $123.4 million last year and grossing $700 million worldwide. That made it the highest grossing horror film of all-time, unadjusted for inflation.

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‘It: Chapter Two’: Dream Casting the Stars Who Should Join Jessica Chastain in Horror Sequel

With the Oscar nominee reportedly set to star in Andy Muschietti’s much-hyped sequel, we cast the rest of the now-adult Losers Club, one that just might have more star power than previously expected.

When “It: Chapter Two” arrives in theaters next September (yes, you’re going to have to go a whole other Halloween season without some fresh Stephen King-created blood), it will come complete with a brand-new cast of now-adult Losers. The film will jump ahead 27 years — as is the wont of dimension-hopping demonic villain It, who likes to reappear in good ol’ Derry, Maine on a 27-year cycle — casting the cute kiddos who made the first film so memorable as jaded adults hellbent on finally killing the hellbeast that made their tween years such a nightmare. (For fans of the talented kids who starred in last year’s horror hit, never fear, as director Andy Muschietti has already promised that the younger Losers will be back for some flashback scenes that help bridge the first film with the second.)

As has long been rumored, Jessica Chastain is the first cast member on deck, as the actress is in negotiations to join the film as a grown-up Beverly Marsh. Casting someone like Chastain is big news on its own, but it also adds a certain expectation to the rest of the cast: here’s a film that is capable of snagging a two-time Oscar nominee for one of its key roles. The rest of the cast needs to be up to snuff. Who should form the core of our adult Losers Club? We’ve got some ideas.

Jessica Chastain as Beverly “Bev” Marsh (originally played by Sophia Lillis)

In King’s book, Beverly gets her wish, escaping Derry for big city life in Chicago, where she’s a successful fashion designer. Yet the scars of her early life run deep, and adult Beverly has spent much of her life in abusive relationships that harken back to her childhood with her evil father. That includes her current husband, Tom Rogan, who often beats her and views her mostly as a sexual object to be controlled (and, yes, his motivations get much worse as the story goes on).

Chastain was long rumored to be in contention for the role and even told Screen Rant last November that she would love to play adult Beverly should her schedule work out. The actress is a friend and previous collaborator of “It” director Andy Muschietti, who directed her in the horror film “Mama.” “Well, I love Andy [Muschietti] and Barbara [Muschietti],” Chastain told the outlet. “I worked with them on Andy’s directorial debut, you know, his film, ‘Mama.’ His first film. And you know, Barbara is one of my best friends so…We’ll see…They’re my friends. They’re like my family. Anything that they’re doing I want to be a part of, so I hope we can make it happen.”

Jake Gyllenhaal as William “Bill” Denbrough (originally played by Jaeden Lieberher)

Like Beverly, Bill gets out of Derry and finds professional success far away from his childhood home (in King’s book, he’s living in England when he’s called back, where he’s busy writing his own tales). He even has his own relationship that looks — at least from the outside — to be happy and loving, thanks to his marriage to film star Audra Phillips (bonus casting: Audra looks a lot like Bev, so why not line up a sweet supporting part for fellow redheads Bryce Dallas Howard or Amy Adams?).

Bill is a tricky role. As a kid, he was obviously and understandably in bad shape after the disappearance of his beloved baby brother Georgie, but things turn around for him as he matures (that stutter? it even goes away for awhile). As an adult, Bill looks like one of the more put-together of the grown-up Losers, and he again emerges as the group’s leader and perhaps its most outwardly brave member. It’s a part that requires someone able to project surface-level happiness while also tapping into deep emotional issues.

So, basically, “Demolition,” but good? We jest! “Enemy,” but more accessible.

Chris Pratt as Benjamin “Ben” Hanscom (originally played by Jeremy Ray Taylor)

Ben sheds his baby fat and goes on to become an internationally renowned architect (hey, those maps did pay off) in the dead center of the country: Nebraska. Like Bev and Bill, he grudgingly returns to Derry, knowing that he has to finally help defeat It once and for all. He’s still got all his sweetness and smarts, and who better to marry hangdog charm with relatable comfort than Pratt?

Bill Hader as Richard “Richie” Tozier (originally played by Finn Wolfhard)

The Internet dream casting machine has long been in agreement on exactly one piece of potential “It: Chapter Two” casting: Bill Hader has to play Richie Tozier. Even Wolfhard himself as singled out the comedian and actor as his obvious predecessor, and the kid is dead on.

As an adult, Richie has channeled his squeaky voice and whipsmart cracks into his own solid career, becoming a popular disc jockey in Los Angeles. Of course Hader has the comic chops to play King’s beloved “Trashmouth,” but the former “SNL” star has also proven his ability to take on darker material with ease. Look no further than his turn in “The Skeleton Twins” for proof of a lingering dark aesthetic that could be positively unleashed by a role in a true-blue horror film.

Tom Hiddleston as Stanley “Stan” Uris (originally played by Wyatt Oleff)

No spoilers, but we won’t be seeing too much of adult Stan in “Chapter Two,” but he will likely make a memorable impression in the first moments of the new film. Per “It” lore, Stan doesn’t make it back to Derry, but he will probably make off with one of the film’s more chilling plotlines, one that will explain his absence.

Chastain and Hiddleston are old pals, having previously starred together in Guillermo del Toro’s ambitious “Crimson Peak,” so it’s possible the actress could help cast him for the role, one that wouldn’t require much in the way of time but would give him the kind of splashy publicity he’s in need of these days. And, face it, Oleff looks just like a mini-Hiddleston. It’s eerie.

David Oyelowo as Michael “Mike” Hanlon (originally played by Chosen Jacobs)

While Muschietti’s film tweaked some large parts of Mike’s story — in King’s book, it’s Mike who serves as the unofficial Derry historian, not Ben — “Chapter Two” will likely have to reset some of those changes, as Mike is the only one of the Losers to stay behind in Derry, where he continues to trawl the town’s history to uncover the truth about It. He’s also the one who calls back the rest of the far-flung Losers when it’s time to take down It during his latest cyclical return to their hometown. In short, it’s a big, important role, and one that requires the kind of gravitas that Oyelowo so assuredly possesses in every role.

Adam Scott as Edward “Eddie” Kaspbrak (originally played by Jack Dylan Grazer)

Much like Bev and Bill, Eddie’s grownup life looks to be a good one: he runs his own limousine company in New York City, and he’s even got a loving wife at home. Oh, about that wife. Aside from It, Eddie’s childhood was haunted by another serious monster: his mother, who suffered from Munchausen syndrome by proxy and used it as a way to trap hypochondriac Eddie into believing he was always sick (or just about to be).

While the first “It” saw Eddie breaking from his mother’s grasp, King’s novel lets on that he’s still reeling from the effects of a complicated childhood, and his wife Myra is just as controlling as he mother was. Scott can nail the nervous nature of Eddie, along with his often (very funny) bond with Richie, while adding in the kind of jittery fear that informs so much of his life.

Jesse Plemons as Henry Bowers (originally played by Nicholas Hamilton)

Like Hiddleston and Oleff, the Emmy nominee’s unique face invokes a grown-up Hamilton to an almost chilling degree. As in the first film, Bowers will likely emerge as the Losers’ most prolific human bully, and one made all the more powerful by some help from no less than It. Young Henry was driven totally insane by the end of the first half of King’s book, and was eventually convicted of the murder of his dad (which, oh yes, he did) and blamed for many of It’s other crimes. Sent away to an insane asylum, he’s busted out by It, just as the Losers are heading back to Derry.

Plemons can do dark, but playing a grown Henry Bowers could free him up to take on his most challenging role yet, the kind of signature work that would supersede even the happiest of “Friday Night Lights” and “Fargo” memories.

Bill Skarsgard as Pennywise the Dancing Clown ( (originally played by Bill Skarsgard)

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Why mess with perfection, especially when that perfection is playing an ancient evil being that can cross time, space, and dimension, all while taking on any appearance it so chooses?

“It: Chapter Two” arrives on September 6, 2019.

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‘It: Chapter Two’: Jessica Chastain in Talks to Star as Adult Beverly in Horror Sequel

Chastain is the first major casting news for the “It” sequel, which will be released September 6, 2010.

Jessica Chastain has officially joined “It: Chapter Two.” Variety confirms the Oscar-nominated actress will play the adult Beverly Marsh in the horror sequel. Newcomer Sophia Lillis played the character in the first installment, which dominated the box office last September and earned $700 million worldwide. Chastain’s casting is the first major bit of news to be released about the highly anticipated sequel.

Chastain was long rumored to be in contention for the role and even told Screen Rant last November that she would love to play adult Beverly should her schedule work out. The actress is a friend and previous collaborator of “It” director Andy Muschietti, who directed her in the horror film “Mama.”

“Well, I love Andy [Muschietti] and Barbara [Muschietti],” Chastain told Screen Rant. “I worked with them on Andy’s directorial debut, you know, his film, ‘Mama.’ His first film. And you know, Barbara is one of my best friends so…We’ll see…They’re my friends. They’re like my family. Anything that they’re doing I want to be a part of, so I hope we can make it happen.”

Muschietti had also been eyeing Chastain, telling Variety in September that he would love for her to play the character.

“Jessica is an amazing actress and a very good friend and I would love her to play Beverly,” he 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.”

Chastain has mostly avoided studio blockbusters throughout her career. “It: Chapter Two”marks her second major tentpole following “X-Men: Dark Phoenix,” which will be released in theaters later this year. “It: Chapter Two” arrives September, 2019.

‘It: Chapter Two’ Wish List: 9 Things the Sequel Must Do in Order to Succeed

Warner Brothers is officially releasing the “It” sequel on September 6, 2019. We have some ideas for what “Chapter Two” needs to be great.

The worst kept secret in Hollywood was finally revealed when Warner Brothers confirmed “It: Chapter Two” was set for release on September 6, 2019, nearly two years to the day “It: Chapter One” opened and became a box office sensation. The sequel was a no-brainer given the first movie’s popularity with audiences, but Warner Bros. played the waiting game before setting the sequel for 2019.

“Chapter One” is currently the highest grossing horror film ever in the U.S. with over $260 million at the domestic box office, which only puts a lot more pressure on the sequel to succeed. “Chapter Two” will pick up with the Losers’ Club as adults as they are forced to return to Derry to defeat Pennywise once and for all. Rumors are already swirling about potential casting choices and novel changes, and director Andy Muschietti has teased a darker vision for the next installment.

As “It” fans now prepare themselves for the two-year hiatus in between chapters, we look to “Chapter Two” and break down the 9 things the sequel needs to achieve if it wants to match the breakout success of the original.

1. Cast Mostly Unknowns

The record breaking success of “Chapter One” means the sequel has a much better chance at landing higher profile names for the adult versions of Bill, Beverly, Richie, Stan, Eddie, Mike, and Ben. While the producers will be tempted to cast A-listers (Muschietti has already said he’s interested in Jessica Chastain for Bev), “Part Two” will be much stronger with a cast of unknown or less recognizable faces. Jaeden Lieberher and Finn Wolfhard were arguably the biggest names in “Chapter One,” but they are hardly the most prolific young actors. If you’ve never seen “Stranger Things,” you probably have no idea who Wolfhard is.

The lack of stars made “Chapter One” feel believable and grounded, as if the horrors unfolding were happening to real children and not Hollywood’s new batch of rising stars. The franchise will lose this tone if “Part Two” features megastars like Chris Pratt or Amy Adams being terrorized. Bill’s movie star wife Audra is the only character where it would make sense to cast a big name actress, but even casting one Hollywood star opposite lesser names will tip the scale. It’s in the movie’s best interest to follow in “Chapter One’s” footsteps and avoid ubiquitous stars (now we can make our pitch for Joanna Garcia as older Bev).

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2. Keep the Mythology Light

One of the best decisions “Chapter One” made was not getting entirely caught up in the specifics of It’s mythology. Monsters are much scarier when viewers know less about them, and just seeing It’s creature-like teeth emerge from Pennywise’s mouth was so terrifying that we didn’t need the character’s alien backstory for the image to be effective. “Chapter One” mostly avoided the mythology; all that was confirmed was that It returns every 27 years to prey upon the children of Derry, Maine.

If “Chapter One” didn’t concern itself too much with the history of It, then “Chapter Two” should do the same. The last thing we want is an expository dumping of information about It, from its origins in the Macroverse to its eternal adversary called “Turtle.” Perhaps if “Chapter One” began laying the groundwork for the mythology for in depth it would make sense for “Chapter Two” to explore it more, but that wasn’t the case and it’s not needed. Instead of diving into It’s mythology, “Part Two” would be wise to spend more time exploring Derry’s history and It’s legacy in the town.

3. Make the Child Killings Gruesome

The best scene in “Chapter One” is arguably the very first one. Georgie’s death at the hands of Pennywise is perfectly paced and leads to a shocking amputation that instantly defines the kind of gruesome horror Pennywise is capable of executing. Pennywise’s return in “Chapter Two” is also signified by the death of young ones as nine Derry children are brutally murdered. The deaths include a two year old being murdered and other kids being decapitated or torn apart. The sequel is going to need to raise the stakes significantly, and one easy way to do this is to show these murders in all their horrific and stomach-turning glory.

Pennywise’s debut in “Chapter Two” has to have a bigger impact than his debut in “Chapter One” so that the stakes feel infinitely bigger and the threat seems way more difficult to defeat. Characters in the book tell us what happened to the children, but the movie needs to show us if it wants to make a horrifying impact.

4. Don’t Lean Into 2017 Too Hard

Changing the time period of the novel was perhaps the first movie’s riskiest decision. King’s novel is set between 1984 and 1985 when the characters are adults and includes flashbacks to their younger years in 1957-1958. “Chapter One” followed the Losers’ Club as children but was set in the 1980s, which means “Chapter Two” will pick up with the characters as adults in the present day. This time change poses a tough challenge for the sequel, which won’t be able to rely on nostalgia for comedic effect (see Ben’s secret love for New Kids on the Block). Leaning into today’s pop culture would be an annoying choice because nothing in 2017 holds much sentimental value for the viewer (we can already see the producers working in an eye-rolling “Stranger Things” reference).

It would also be a mistake to cram the film with cellphones, computers, and other technological devises, especially in relation to defeating Pennywise. The characters in the novel were adults in the 1980s and had to once again rely on human connection to defeat It (and real face-to-face friendship is a big theme of the story), but a contemporary setting threatens this plot point. Oh, and the less said about Donald Trump the better; this is “It,” not “American Horror Story.”

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5. Develop Stan

Stan will be very important to the story in “Chapter Two.” When Mike informs the Losers’ Club that It has returned to Derry and they must make good on their blood oath to return and fight it, Stan’s PTSD over the events of his childhood lead him to commit suicide. It’s a shocking and heartbreaking moment, and it works because in the novel Stan is as well-developed as all the other children. The same can’t be said for the film, where Stan is the least interesting of the group and makes the quietest impression. Stan is not a fan favorite, and the way his character fit into “Chapter One” won’t allow his death in “Chapter Two” to feel as earth-shattering as it is need to. Stan’s death leaves the Losers’ Club without a member, which doesn’t bode well for defeating Pennywise a second time, but the moment needs to have an emotional impact to match how it affects the story.

“Chapter Two” has the chance to make this moment powerful by developing Stan a bit more before depicting his suicide, or by giving Stan’s fate in the novel to a fan favorite character in the film. The latter would be a controversial decision and could jeopardize other story threads, but it would be a bold choice. If a fan favorite like Eddie or Richie took their own lives at the start of “Part Two,” viewers would be absolutely heartbroken.

6. Keep the Special Effects Practical

“It” was at its scariest when practical effects were front and center. Pennywise’s entire makeup design was absolutely chilling to behold every time a balloon popped and revealed his face. The rotting leper was also a disgusting creation that felt grossly tangible because of its real effects. Less horrifying was the CGI-rendered painting lady and all of Pennywise’s shapeshifting transformations that were clearly VFX. “Chapter One” proved the terror of practical effects, and it’s something “Chapter Two” should lean into whole-heartedly. The more the horror looks and feels real, the scarier it becomes. A famous scene fans will be expecting is the moment when the group’s meal at a Chinese restaurant ends with fortune cookies busting open to reveal eyes and blood. Moments like these will only benefit from practical gore. Let’s hope Muschietti stays as practical as possible.

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7. Be Very Careful With How You Handle Bowers

What to do with Henry Bowers? In the novel, the violent bully gets framed for Pennywise’s murders and ends up locked in a mental hospital, only to escape as an adult and return to terrorize the Losers’ Club all over again (including stabbing Mike). The last we saw of Bowers in the movie was that he was pushed down the well by Mike, but the film very cautiously never showed his dead body. Bowers isn’t officially dead in the movie, which means he may or may not feature in “Part Two” just as he does in King’s novel. The problem is how cheap it might feel if Bowers suddenly appears after seemingly falling to his death. If characters can just come back from near death, the stakes of the movie are lessened.

“Chapter Two” either needs to find a reasonable way to bring Bowers back into the fold so he can fulfill his purpose in the novel or keep him out of the picture all together. Bowers’ story as an adult is important because he is groomed by Pennywise to kill (just as he was in “Chapter One” to slit his father’s throat), but if Bowers returning means a stretch in logic given where he ended up at the end of the first movie, then he should be removed entirely. The last thing we want to see is a third act twist where adult Bowers suddenly appears to cause trouble.

8. Don’t Let Comedy Get in the Way of Psychological Horror

“Horror, humor, and heart” were the three H’s the young cast used to describe “It” during the press tour, and fans will agree that the film’s humor was one of its strongest assets. Unfortunately, “Chapter Two” just can’t be effective if it’s just as funny as “Chapter One.” We’re not suggesting the sequel should be an entirely bleak affair, but the comedy needs to be reasonably toned down in favor of psychological horror as the adult characters are forced to confront the demon from their past.

Muschietti has already teased that Mike will be more disturbed in the movie than he is in the novel given the events of “Chapter One,” and this is the kind of character development that should inform all members of the Losers’ Club. Their time with Pennywise should still be haunting them in some way when we pick up with them in the present day, and that means not all of “Chapter Two” should be filled with laughs. Given the success of the first movie, it’ll be easy to try and mimic its strengths and go the comedy route once again, but humor no longer belongs in the story of the adults. There certainly should be moments of levity, but a tonal shift is required for “Chapter Two” to do justice to the story.

9. The Final Battle Needs to Be the Scariest Part of the Franchise

The low point of “Chapter One” might just be the climactic battle where Pennywise is defeated by the Losers’ Club (for now, at least). Muschietti directs the scene less from a horror movie perspective and more from an action filmmaking one. The camera goes handheld and the editing quickens in a way that feels more Jason Bourne-influenced than Stephen King. The climactic battle in “Part Two” is going to be a horrifying blood bath, and it needs to feel horrific and scary, not fueled by action-oritented thrills. The adrenaline of the sequence should be created by flat out fear; we need to be scared for the characters’ lives and mortified by the violence unfolding. Muschietti needs to listen to the criticism over the climax and improve on it if “Chapter Two” wants to end with the bang it needs.

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