It Chapter 2's Length Has Been Revealed, And It's Long

"Nobody who's seen the movie has had any complaint."

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Of all the many Stephen King adaptation that have been released over the past few years, the biggest box office winner was 2017's It. The adaptation of King's classic 1987 novel made $327 million worldwide, and expectations are high for the sequel, which arrives in September. The running time for It: Chapter 2 has now been revealed--and it's long.

In an interview with Digital Spy, director Andy Muschietti revealed that the film will run for a whopping 2 hours and 45 minutes. That's a full 30 minutes longer than its predecessor. Nevertheless, Muschietti seemed confident that fans will enjoy the extended running time.

"At the beginning, when you're writing and building the beats of the story, everything that you put in there seems very essential to the story," Muschietti said. "However, when you have the movie finally edited and it's 4 hours long, you realise that some of the events and some of the beats can be easily lifted but the essence of the story remains intact.

"You cannot deliver a 4-hour movie because people will start to feel uncomfortable--no matter what they see--but we ended up having a movie that is 2 hours and 45 minutes, and the pacing is very good. Nobody who's seen the movie has had any complaint."

Stephen King fans will know that It is a very long book, and there's still a lot of story left to tell. It: Chapter 2 features the adult versions of the Loser's Club, the kids from the first movie, and is set 30 years later. It stars James McAvoy as Bill Denbrough, Jessica Chastain as Beverly, Bill Hader as Richie, James Ransone as Eddie, Andy Bean as Stan, and Isaiah Mustafa as Mike. Bill Skarsgård also returns as Pennywise, one of the guises of the terrifying interdimensional entity of the title.

The latest trailer for It: Chapter 2 was revealed at San Diego Comic-Con earlier this month, as well as three new clips from the movie. Check out GameSpot's breakdown of the trailer here. It: Chapter 2 releases on September 9.

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Does every movie these days need to be 3 hours long? I don't entirely mind, I'm a Tarkovsky fan, I just don't see why EVERY big Hollywood release these days has to be so long.

Regardless, I'm looking forward to this since I like King. Admittedly I kinda fear this film will just double down on the first films mistakes (Seems this happens a lot these days where for some reason sequels will sometimes double down on things that suck.) but there was enough good in the first part that maybe it'll be fine.

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I wont complain for getting more It time!

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I'm surprised so many people liked this movie, but then again people liked the babadook too. Me and the wife couldnt finish the first one, seemed more like a comedy than a horror movie, but our bad for expecting a horror movie I suppose. Although I wish they made longer horror movies in general.

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@Ronny411: Fear is often subjective. Go to the comments section on just about any horror movie, even ones you find scary, there'll probably be someone who finds it more humorous than scary. lol I find the movie "The Fly" terrifying (The Jeff Goldblum one) and sad, my wife thought it was hilarious and awkward. I've had some people tell me "A Quiet Place" was scary, I felt like it was an idea that could have worked but had wretched execution. Also The Nun was the best comedy of the year (Altho even Conjuring fans tell me they didn't like that one so...)

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@kayemeep: True no doubt. Yeah I see I dont get that or your wife in that regard too. Like personally, I dont find the fly to be scary, but I can totally see why or how it is scary. Cause it had something going on for it that was scary/terrifying. And that was to see the fall of a man, who was losing his humanity, doing his very best to fight it and keep it, but lose, the scary part being, like the scene where he tells the girl he likes that hes going to hurt her unless she leaves, was just perfect. Both me and the wife like the Fly, she introduced me to that one ironically. I personally kinda found it tragic, which it is/was really. Not funny or awkward. And the terrifying part to see his downfall, humanity slipping (In my opinion anyway, not sure if thats what you mean or not).

Not sure about A quiet place, if I seen it, dosent really ring any bells. Yeah I thought the nun was a joke, wife too, we both like the conjuring movies. But the nun, just lol. Its like waaahhh.. scary. Seriously thats all it has going for it, like somehow they thought or think scary means a monster or whatever need to walk around screaming or screeching all the time, like some high school bully who puffs his chest to seem macho or big. Something worth being scared of, would never even have the need to try and scare you, it just will, cause reality would be you would have a reason to fear it. Something that wants you to be afraid, is only always trying to reach further than its grasp, meaning its less scary than you think. Anyway, so many flaws with the nun was, shame really. Did the same thing with the curse of La LLorona too, or whatever it was called, found out after watch the movie was the same guy who did both of those movies, explains everything. Anyway, fear is subjective no doubt, but some movies, I really cant phantom or understand. Like the instance of the Fly, easy to see and understand even if I personaly, did not find it scary, I can so easily see how it is. Movies like yes The IT and the babadook, well no, if you have a fear of clowns, I can get this it movie (loved the original though), but babadook, no clue whatsoever.

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Any word on that uncut Chapter 1 Extended Edition?

I’ve been waiting, patiently.

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@bat725: uncut edition? what could they have possibly cut out from the thetrical version? the turtle? the orgy? the two bullies harassing that gay kid?

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@shadowwarrior4: the turtle, yes. There was also a deleted scene which confirms that Henry killed his two buddies after his dad, before going to neibolt street to attack the losers. At least one deleted scene early in the movie that actually had dialog from Bill's mom. An extended version of the "what they're doing now" montage after the first neibolt fight scene, with more of Stan's bar mitzvah.

Also, I'm pretty sure the guys beating up the gay guy was in one of the adult time sections, so if they're going to do any kind of adaptation of that part, it would be in the next movie.

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Your article is wrong. "IT" made $327M North America/$700M Worldwide, not $327M Worldwide.

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" The adaptation of King's classic 1987 novel made $327 million worldwide'

It made over $700,000,000 worldwide.

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I'm just gonna say it: 2h45m isn't that long. Try sitting through Gone with the Wind and then you can say it's a long movie. We've seen movies that long all over the place in the past decade or two. It's a bit unusual but not that long.

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@DarkLord: The Right Stuff was 3 hrs 13 min. 2001 A Space Odyssey was 2 hrs 44 min. I remember both having intermissions as a kid...something that's pretty much unheard of today.

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@bingoh: man I miss intermissions. I can concentrate in the movie fully instead of my bladder.

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@DarkLord: what about endgame is that shorter than gone with the wind

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@DarkLord: Yup, Dr. Zhivago, Lawrence of Arabia were also both at least 3 hr 20 mins. Gone with the Wind is almost 4 hours.

I think people honestly enjoy the longer runtime, especially as ticket prices increase and bingewatching Netflix exists. People will consume the content if it's quality and entertaining.

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@Richardthe3rd: Agreed. I think the real pressure isn't coming from viewers but from theaters/studios. When you have a movie this long, it reduces the number of showings you can do, per screen, per day. That reduces the number of tickets that a theater can potentially sell, so the idea is put out there that viewers don't really want long movies. But I'm with you: some of the all time greats are long. Good is good.

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Nice :)