New Line's Plans For Stephen King's IT Sequel Moves Forward

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The latest film adaptation of Stephen King's horror classic IT hits theaters this week, and New Line is already moving forward their plans for the sequel.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Gary Dauberman, one of the screenwriters who worked on the new IT, has signed a deal to write the screenplay for its sequel. Director Andy Muschietti, who directed the new IT, is still in talks to return but no deal has been made yet.


The sequel, which is said to be called Chapter Two, will adhere to the structure of Stephen King's 1986 book, in which King switches between two narratives set in different time periods, between the main characters as kids and as adults, and in both eras they are trying to get rid of the evil clown Pennywise (played by Bill Skarsgard in the new film). The IT that hits theaters this week focuses on the childhood part of the book, shifting the story from the 1950s to the 1980s for the new generation of viewers. The sequel is said to focus on the adult portion of the book.

The IT sequel getting a greenlight isn't surprising since the film was well-received, getting a fresh Rotten Tomatoes score and projected to earn a good amount at the box office.


New Line Cinema's horror thriller "IT," directed by Andrés Muschietti ("Mama"), is based on the hugely popular Stephen King novel of the same name, which has been terrifying readers for decades.
When children begin to disappear in the town of Derry, Maine, a group of young kids are faced with their biggest fears when they square off against an evil clown named Pennywise, whose history of murder and violence dates back for centuries.

IT hits U.S. theaters on September 8.


Read: New Pennywise Bill Skarsgard Has A Fun Story About Working With The Kids In The Movie