Pennywise scared a whole new generation back in 2017's IT, and his story is set to end later this year with IT: Chapter Two. As it turns out, this sequel is going to be significantly longer than the first film by 30 more minutes.
According to Digital Spy, director Andy Muschietti says that the current cut of IT 2 is 2 hours and 45 minutes long. Muschietti explains:
"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. 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."
While it's possible that the version Muschietti has isn't the final cut of the movie yet, he did also say that, "Nobody who's seen the movie has had any complaint," so it's likely that they could keep the runtime. With this movie not being a trilogy, I would expect that the studio would want all the loose ends to be tied up, and a longer runtime just might do it.
For comparison, the first movie was only 2 hours and 15 minutes long, and even then I thought there were some parts that could have done a little trimming. Let's hope Muschietti manages to wrap things up nicely with this last film, seeing that it's considered to be the less exciting half of the book.
Catch IT: Chapter Two when it hits theaters Sept. 6.