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‘IT: Chapter 2’ Begins Production

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.

Day 1 on IT 2. Glad you got the memo guys. #passthecheeseplease #derryordairy

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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. read more

More Casting News for ‘It: Chapter 2’

We announced just yesterday that James Ransone (Sinister, Sinister 2) was cast as the adult Eddie Kaspbrak for It: Chapter 2 joining the cast that already includes Jessica Chastain, James McAvoy and Bill Hader as the adult versions of Beverly Marsh, Bill Denbrough and Richie Tozier respectively (and of course Bill Skarsgård returning as that fun clown, Pennywise).

Late yesterday afternoon, Variety announced that Andy Bean has been added to the cast to play the adult version of Stanley Uris, the Losers Club’s resident skeptic. Bean was recently in the HBO series Here and Now alongside Tim Robbins and Holly Hunter and also had a role in 2017’s Transformers: The Last Knight. read more

‘It: Chapter 2’ Casts James Ransone as Latest Adult Member of the Losers Club

Slowly but surely the adult members of the “Losers Club” for It: Chapter 2 are coming together. Deadline announced this morning that James Ransone has been cast as the adult Eddie Kaspbrak in the sequel to 2017’s wildly popular It. James Ransone recently finished filming Season 1 of the Hulu series The First with Sean Penn but horror fans may recognize him from Sinister, Sinister 2 and Spike Lee’s 2013 reboot of Oldboy.

Ransone joins a cast that features a returning Bill Skarsgård as Pennywise the Clown, James McAvoy as adult Bill Denbrough, Jessica Chastain as adult Beverly Marsh and Bill Hader as adult Richie “Beep Beep” Tozier. If they follow the Stephen King novel, the sequel will take place 27 years after the first film with the kids being summoned back to Derry to deal with the returning evil. read more

‘Annabelle: Creation’ Sequel Coming in July 2019

The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed that “Gary Dauberman, the writer behind the Annabelle movies, will make his directorial debut with an untitled Annabelle project, the newest installment of New Line’s horror franchise based on a devil doll from The Conjuring cinematic universe.”

As with the all of The Conjuring films, it will once again be produced by James Wan’s Atomic Monster and the Peter Safran Co.

John R. Leonetti directed the original Annabelle and David F. Sandberg directed the prequel, Annabelle: Creation.  The new Annabelle installment is is currently scheduled for a release on July 3, 2019. read more

‘It’ Actress Sophia Lillis to Star in ‘Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase’

Sophia Lillis earned tremendous praise over her performance as Beverly Marsh in last fall’s theatrical adaptation of Stephen King’s It. Now, in addition to the sequel to It, Lillis will be working with Warner Brothers again to portray another classic literary character.

Deadline reports that Lillis will play the River Heights mystery solver Nancy Drew in the upcoming film, Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase. The movie will be produced by Ellen DeGeneres, Jeff Kleeman, and Chip Diggins, and the studio plans to begin shooting soon. read more

‘Goosebumps’ Sequel’s Ensemble Cast to Feature ‘It’ and ‘Jumanji’ Alumni

The folks at Sony Pictures are hard at work on a follow-up to 2015’s Goosebumps movie, based on the legendary works of writer R.L. Stine. We already knew that Jack Black will be returning to his role as a fictional version of Stine for the sequel, which is tentatively titled Goosebumps: Horrorland. Now, we know which actors and actress will be rounding out the new cast.

Variety reports that Madison Iseman, Ben O’Brien, Caleel Harris, and Jeremy Ray Taylor have all been hired to star in the upcoming film. The young actors and actress all represent the typical age group of readers when they first discover Stine’s infectious books. read more

Jessica Chastain Linked to ‘IT’ Sequel

Variety is reporting that Jessica Chastain, known for her acclaimed performances in Zero Dark Thirty and The Help, is in talks to star in IT: Chapter Two. Horror fans may also remember her from 2013’s Mama. Chastain’s return to horror would appear to be as the grown up version of the character “Beverly”, played by Sophie Lills in the 2017 reboot. Sources say discussions with Chastain are still in the early phases.

IT: Chapter Two picks up twenty-seven years after the end of the first film as the evil clown Pennywise returns to torment the grown-up members of the Losers’ Club.  The sequel will be directed by Andy Muschietti and is scheduled to be released in September of 2019 with production beginning this summer. Bill Skarsgard is expected to return as Pennywise. read more

HNN’s Coverage of The 2018 New York Toy Fair

This weekend, the Jacob Javits Center in New York City played host to the cultural phenomenon known as Toy Fair 2018.  For four glorious days, national and international toy producers, re-sellers and developers converged on the West Side of Manhattan to display their current products and provide a glimpse of what the future holds for their catalogs as well.

Horror continues to play an integral part in the toy market, and Horror News Network was there to cover all of the excitement and wonderfully-gory products that both casual and hardcore collectors (and their kids!) can expect throughout 2018 and even into next year.  Staff Journalists Larry Dwyer and Sean McLaughlin made the trek ready to report, and thanks to an assist by our friends at Action Figure Collectors (www.actionfigurecollectors.com) we were able to provide thorough coverage of all announcements and news relevant to the horror masses. read more

New Line Moves ‘The Nun’ to September

New Line Cinema is moving The Conjuring Spin-off The Nun to a less competitive fall release date, praying that lightning strikes twice for the company on September 7th.

Last year, New Line debuted It on the same weekend in September and laughed like an evil clown all the way to the bank, as the film dominated the fall box office.  While The Nun will certainly do less business at the box office than It did, the move is a smart one for the company.   The Nun was originally scheduled for a mid-July release, sandwiched between Ant Man and the Wasp, the fourth Purge film, and the recently rescheduled The Equalizer 2. read more

What to Expect in the World of Horror in 2018

On the first day of this glorious new year, I thought I’d do my best impression of The Amazing Criswell and make some horror predictions for 2018. These aren’t necessarily wild ideas I’ve pulled out of thin air… they’re simply my expectations based on the trends I’ve observed developing over the course of 2017. I’ll document my thoughts now, and then revisit my premonitions in December to see how I did! So, without further ado, let’s peer into the wonderful world of tomorrow! read more