‘IT: Chapter 2’ Begins Production

by Mark McCurley

IT’S BACK! According to James McAvoy’s Instagram, production on IT: Chapter 2 , the sequel to last year’s box office hit, has officially begun.

The post to fans shows McAvoy sharing a witty pun and that cameras have begun rolling in Toronto, which was the shooting location for the first IT.

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The cast of Chapter 2 stars McAvoy (X-Men franchise, Split) as Bill, Jessica Chastain (Mama, The Martian) as Beverly, Bill Hader (Barry, Trainwreck) as Richie, Jay Ryan (Beauty and the Beast) as Ben, James Ransone (Sinister) as Eddie, with Andy Bean (Here and Now) as Stanely Uris, Isaiah Mustafa as Mike, and of course the return of Bill Skarsgård as Pennywise the clown.

Originally adapted in 1990 as a two-part television film starring Tim Curry, Chapter 1 of IT debuted in September of 2017 with an impressive $123.1 million on opening weekend; the highest opening weekend ever for a release in September, for an autumn release in general and for a horror film.

Bringing in just $9 million short of 2016’s Deadpool for the second-highest R-rated opening, the film made $700.4 million worldwide during its theatrical run, earning its place as the highest-grossing horror movie ever released.

The first part of IT starred Jaeden Lieberher, Jeremy Ray Taylor, Sophia Lillis, Finn Wolfhard, Wyatt Oleff, Chosen Jacobs, Jack Dylan Grazer as the young versions of  Bill, Ben, Beverly, Richie, Stan, Mike and Eddie respectively along with Nicholas Hamilton as Henry Bowers.

Chapter 2 is written by Gary Dauberman adapted from the 1,138 page novel by Stephen King, and is helmed returning director Andy Muschietti. The sequel will float to theaters on September 6, 2019.

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