'It 2' Is Already In The Works

The filmmakers are 'champing at the bit' for It Chapter 2


The latest adaptation of Stephen King's It hasn't even hit theaters yet, but the filmmakers are already hard at work on It 2, they revealed to GameSpot during a series of group interviews in Los Angeles.

"We are locked and loaded and ready to jump in the minute they say 'go,'" said Producer Seth Grahame-Smith. "The script is not done, but the script is being worked on. Obviously we, all the filmmakers, are just champing at the bit to get started, and we have a very exciting shape, and [It co-writer Gary Dauberman] is working away."

Dauberman joined the project to help adapt a version of the It movie script that was originally penned by writers Chase Palmer and Cary Fukunaga (Fukunaga was also set to direct a previous version of the film, which has been in development for over six years).

Grahame-Smith and Producer David Katzenberg confirmed that the script for It chapter 2 is in progress, but that it hasn't been greenlit yet. "I feel somewhat optimistic that we'll get to make it, but there's been no official decision," Grahame-Smith said.

It Director Andy Muschietti said in an interview in July that he expects to have a finished version of the It 2 script by January, and that pre-production will ideally begin in March.

Both Stephen King's original It book and the famous 1990 made-for-TV mini-series featured two separate time periods, one in which the main characters are children, encountering the monstrous clown Pennywise for the first time, and another in which they're adults, returning to the fictional town of Derry, Main to face the clown once more. The 2017 It movie, however, only features the former storyline, focusing on the kids facing Pennywise in the 1980s. Part 2 will hypothetically pick up the story 27 years later, when the monster wakes up and starts killing again.

The decision to split the story up into two films was entirely practical, the producers said. "There was never a version of this where we could manage to put 1,200 pages into one movie," Katzenberg explained.

"Not to us, anyway," Grahame-Smith said. "When we came on over six years ago there was a draft that attempted to flash back and forth...To us, it was evident that you're never going to be able to service these characters and these moments if you try to cram it all into one movie. And then it's going to be weird, you know? You're flashing back and forth, which means that, well, what happens if the first movie comes out and tanks and you just never finish the story, period? That feels weird. To us, the best way to do it was to separate it out. That was a very early decision."

"To keep the integrity of the book and the story, it made the most sense to split it up," Katzenberg added.

For his part, as the writer, Dauberman was always onboard with the split movie approach. "I never raised the issue of should we boil it all down into a three hour movie because I just didn't think that was going to work," he said. "It wasn't ever even a conversation with me that anyone had."

For the producers, simply adapting such a massively popular--and plain old massive--literary work at all was intimidating. "How do you do that? How do you take this 1,100 plus page tome and adapt it into something that feels seminal and timeless?" Grahame-Smith asked. "That was the big challenge of the six years working on the movie."

The newest adaptation of Stephen King's It hits theaters Sept. 8. Watch out for GameSpot's full review before then.

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I was disappointed with the first trailers but now that's the only movie Im excited to see because it's starting to look interesting and scary. I read the book and I hope this movie turns out to be good.

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That's to be expected.

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champing That's is an interesting work what does it mean?

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Will It make it? I hope the first one is good.

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it was always 2 parts first kids then as adults wow dumb news

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Well that's good. Gonna see this one dressed as a clown. Hope I don't get shot.

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Great, every Halloween for the next 5 years we can look forward to a new IT because people keeping seeing this movie...

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But...but...but...they've just released the first one!

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we all knew this, atleast those who have been looking at this one....they are making it a few movies, this one is kids, the next is most likely the adult portion

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I watched an early screening, there is an after credits scene that announces the 2nd part

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Think we all knew it was happening this way. With this movie only covering the first part of the book, it would be an incomplete story without a second film.

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Not surprising didnt they already it was going to be in two parts

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So they're gonna retcon the original ending for a double dip into quick money? No thanks.

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@RabidBurp: .... Umm.... You DO know that the movie was intended to be a two-parter from the get-go, right? This one is about the kids, and part two is with them all as adults. Or did all that fly over your head?

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Boy that's kind of a bad title, there. Sounds like you're implying it's a rushed-to-be-greenlit sequel.

Anyway, I expected as much. If they didn't greenlight the second part, I'd probably launch a revolution and take over Warner Bros. That is, unless this first part is just horribly bad and we don't WANT a second part. Haha.

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@Fartman7998: I agree and some people are probably thinking the continuation of IT beyond the book if looked at face value. I read the novel and got the TV version and must say the TV version was good but dated. I have no problems with remakes as long as it does not show it was made for an money grab and some remakes do make good on the original being technology was not available back then and now they can add being the technology has advanced. However some directors goes over board on the effects and subject of the movie is now on the backside.

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I was excited to see a remake because the book really scared the hell out of me...Then I saw the new pennywise and was so disappointed. I have a feeling this is gonna suck..

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@steamaddict: im a fan of the original tv series and had my reservations, but after seeing how its being directed and the voice the actor chose to go with, im good with it.

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@steamaddict: It doesn't, but that's just my opinion.

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It should referred to and titled "It part 2" since it's the second half of the book.

"It 2" implies it is a sequel rather than a continuation.

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@cornbredx: It's the second movie. Remains to be seen what they call it.

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@mrougeau: have you ever read the novel? if not there is no sequel to it this is like the made for tv movie ie part 2.

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@cornbredx: Ya exactly good eyes. 😉

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Go read the book kids!

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@mbrogz3000: I took your advice 31 years in advance, reading "It" back in '86 when I was a kid in 7th grade.

Took me 3 or 4 days to finish, and I still remember the anguish caused by needing to piss while reading through the book at midnight. I knew that there was only a 20% chance that I'd make it down the hallway without being accosted by a murderous clown.

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@Renunciation: 1200 pages in 3 or 4 days? WTF

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@ibonedyourmom: I'm a quicker reader than most people -- about 40-50% quicker, I guess.

I was "into" the book, too; I kept wanting to know what happened next, so I spent hours reading each day.

Also, I don't think Stephen King has ever had a very complex writing style. His writing is fairly easy to process, and that's probably one of the reasons why he's been a popular author.

I don't think there are many great benefits to reading quickly, though -- and I never was considered a "top student" in anything other than reading. Above average at writing (and art, I guess), but average at math, social studies, science, sports, and so forth. I sure don't spend much time reading at my job, which is essentially custodial work.

Thanks for replying, though. Seriously. I've never thought very much about the fact that I read quickly, so I stopped in the middle of writing this to do a search for "reading quickly" (or something like that) -- and I wound up learning some interesting things.

For example, two tips given for faster reading are "practice a little every day", and "change your attitude about reading". I grew up in a very poor family, and didn't have toys other kids had -- so I would read books instead, and I enjoyed them. In hindsight, that is probably how I became a quick reader.

Anyhow, yeah: I guess I do read quickly, and thanks for the reply. xD

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@mbrogz3000: BUT IT'S SO LONG!!! :)

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@mrougeau: Yeah, thanks for noticing it, many girls say me the same ;)

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@mrougeau: Sounds like my prom night!

("Sounds like my prom night" is the new "That's what she said.")

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@mrougeau: trust me it's worth it!

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there is no sequel to IT this is just the second half of the book that is being once again made for the cinemas I do honestly wish there was a "IT2" based on a new sequel to the book as I do feel that the creature that IT is ,is not the only one considering the fact that so far the majority of kings novels do tie in to the dark tower book series.

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@locke90: Well the Shining got a sort of sequel with the kid as an adult with awhile ago (which is also being adapted right now) so I wouldn't be surprised if King made some kind of followup to It eventually. I just read that he wasn't prepared for the movie to be good and ended up loving it so hey maybe this is what'll inspire him to finally do it.