America is still down with the clown. Deadline is reporting that the much-anticipated continuation of the classic Stephen King novel, IT: Chapter Two, took home a Thursday-night haul of $10.5 million in around 3,700 theaters nationwide. That figure is good for the second-best September horror opening in history. Which film continues to hold the top spot? The first IT from 2017, of course, which brought in $13.5 million. New Line Cinema has to be very pleased that folks love being scared.
Floating up from the sewers of Derry, ME this Fall, IT Chapter 2 Director Andy Muschietti has confirmed the runtime of his conclusion to the 2017 original film. It will definitely not be short running about two hours and 45 minutes the director said in an interview with Digital Spy.
“At the beginning,” Muschietti said, “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 four hours long, you realize 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.” read more
The wait is over! Horror fans have been eagerly anticipating any sort visual for Andy Muschietti’s follow-up to the 2017 blockbuster It and now it’s here. Set 27 years after the events of the first film, the beloved “Losers Club” are all adults now and are called back to their childhood home of Derry, Maine by Mike Hanlon, the only one of the group to never leave the town, to once again face off with the terrifying alien-clown Pennywise.
Reprising his role of Pennywise from the first film is Bill Skarsgård. The adult “Losers Club” for It: Chapter 2 are played by James McAvoy as Bill Denbrough, Jay Ryan as Ben Hanscom, Jessica Chastain as Beverly Marsh, Bill Hader as Richie Tozier, Isaiah Mustafa as Mike Hanlon, James Ransone as Eddie Kaspbrak and Andy Bean as Stan Uris. Teach Grant will be playing the adult Henry Bowers while Jess Weixler takes on the role of Audra Phillips, Bill Denbrough’s wife. read more
Dead Mouse Productions and Cult Screenings UK Ltd. have just released an extended trailer for their feature length documentary on the 1990 television mini-series of Stephen King’s It. Featuring interviews with Tim Curry, Tommy Lee Wallace, and nearly all of the series’ living main cast members, the documentary digs into the nitty gritty of what it was like to put together such an iconic production on such a small budget. Turns out, it isn’t very easy to shoot a lengthy feature with so many adolescent leads, and Mr. Curry was happy to egg those rascally kids on in full costume in between cigarette breaks throughout the shoot! read more
HNN’s Larry Dwyer and Sean McLaughlin once again invaded the Jacob Javitz Center in Manhattan for Toy Fair New York, the annual international convention of toy manufacturers, distributors and retailers. And once again, all horror fans have a LOT to look forward to in 2019 and beyond.
The usual suspects of horror industry heavyweights such as NECA, Mezco and McFarlane Toys (among many others) did not disappoint with their impressive displays and product announcements, which are covered in the event pictures posted here. While the genre standards like Freddy Krueger, Jason Voorhees and Chucky were of course well-represented, several new exciting licenses were unveiled as well. Our favorites are They Live, which saw multiple companies announce brand-new figure lines, and the anticipated upcoming film The Curse of La Llorona. Mezco appears to be knocking it out of the park in respect to the latter. read more
The Toy Vault was a big hit at this past weekend’s Rhode Island Comic Con, where they debuted their first convention exclusive Funko Pop figure. Since their first announcement of their black and white variant based on Tim Curry’s Pennywise from the original It TV movie, fans have been clamoring to get their hands on this elusive figure. Stationed just a short walk away from where Curry met with fans all weekend, The Toy Vault’s sales queue featured the kinds of line-forming stanchions normally reserved for headlining celebrities. Fans waited patiently in line to get their hands on their very own black and white Pennywise all weekend, and they had the opportunity to celebrate their new score with a personal photo op featuring a real-life Pennywise look-alike- complete with colorful balloons and a trademark red nose and hair! The Toy Vault CEO Chris Chilton spoke with Horror News Network at Rhode Island Comic Con about the thought process behind this exciting new Pop figure, The Toy Vault’s charity auction of one of the initial prototypes, and all things Funko Pop! read more
Just in from Twitter, a new photo from the currently filming IT: Chapter 2 has posted online of Pennywise, the returning villain played by Bill Skarsgård.
— Northumberland News (@north_news) August 31, 2018
The new photo feature the dancing clown menacingly smiling while sitting on top of Derry, Maine’s Paul Bunyan statue that was featured in the original novel.
The main cast of Chapter 2 includes James McAvoy (X-Men franchise, Split) as Bill, Bill Hader (Barry, Trainwreck) as Richie, Jay Ryan (Beauty and the Beast) as Ben and James Ransone (Generation Kill) as Eddie, with Andy Bean (Here and Now) as Stanley Uris, Isaiah Mustafa as Mike, Teach Grant (Altered Carbon, Damnation) as Henry Bowers, Jess Weixler (The Son, Chained for Life) as Bill’s wife, Xavier Dolan (Boy Erased) as Adrian Mellon and Will Beinbrink (Queen of the South) as Tom Rogan. read more
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
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
Good news for people who loved It in theaters and couldn’t get enough of Pennywise (and bad news for anyone who felt the movie could have been a half-hour shorter)! According to director Andy Muschietti, we’re about to see more of It in 2018. Muschietti confirmed to Bloody Disgusting that an extended director’s cut of the film will come to home video “in a few months.”
For those who can’t wait for the longer cut of the film (or those who think 2 hours and 15 minutes is long enough), the theatrical edition of It will hit store shelves on January 9th in the DVD, Blu-Ray, and 4K UHD format. It contains a gag opening and some deleted scenes, but some additional content has been held back for a forthcoming extended edition release. read more