'It: Chapter Two' Set To Begin Shooting This Summer
Prepare yourself to tentatively welcome Pennywise back into your lives, as the sequel to It gets ready to start shooting this summer.
It: Chapter Two is expected to start production around 18 June, Metro reports, with stage work apparently taking place at Pinewood Toronto Studios. Filming will then probably wrap up around November.
The franchise is based on Stephen King's epic 1986 horror novel, which was first adapted for the screen in a TV mini-series starring Tim Curry as Pennywise.
The first film, which was released last September, not only became one of the best-selling films of last year - having brought in a whopping $700 million (£500 million) worldwide, despite only having a budget of $35m (£25m) - but also racked up considerable positive reviews from critics.
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It currently has a 85 percent rating on review aggregation site Rotten Tomatoes, with film critic Emily Yoshida writing: "This new It has more on its mind, and gives more body and voice to King's ideas of childhood anxieties and the corrosive power of fear."
The Daily Mail's Brian Viner said: "I actually looked in a shop window to check my hair hadn't turned white."
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Before last year's film even hit cinemas it had already bagged itself a sequel, with producers deciding to split King's pretty sizeable novel in half, rather than trying to cram it all into one film - a move that we're grateful for, as it means we get twice as much on-screen action.
It director Andrés Muschietti confirmed in September that the plan was to start filming a follow-up - which would be set three decades after the first film - in 2018, with the movie seeing the kids of the Losers Club returning as adults in an attempt to overcome Pennywise once and for all.
Muschietti told Variety: "We'll probably have a script for the second part in January. Ideally, we would start prep in March. Part one is only about the kids. Part two is about these characters 30 years later as adults, with flashbacks to 1989 when they were kids."
With flashbacks playing a big part in the story, we're also expecting that some of the cast will probably be making a welcome return - including Bill Skarsgård, who played the iconic role of Pennywise the clown.
Thankfully, the second film isn't due to hit cinemas until September next year... meaning you've got a good year and half or so to psych yourself up for the occasion.
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