'IT' Sequel to Explore the Transdimensional Element

Posted 2017/09/02 0 0

Director Andy Muschietti’s IT remake doesn’t hit theaters until next week, but early buzz makes it sound like the movie is on track for a massive opening. We know the film only adapts half of Stephen King’s massive novel, and at last report director Andres Muschietti is returning to helm an adaptation of the second half which begins production early next year. While studio confirmation for IT part two hasn’t come through yet, Muschietti just confirmed to the Italian outlet Bad Taste that he will prioritize the sequel before his next project, a movie called Robotech.

Speaking to Yahoo from Los Angeles, Muschietti told us the present-day sequel would explore the “transdimensional” element of King’s source novel that the first film deftly side-steps. He also explained why they couldn’t make the novel’s trippy finale work this time around.

“I really wanted to focus on the emotional journey of the group of kids. Getting in to that other dimension — the other side — was something that we could introduce in the second part. In the book the perspective of the writing… is always with the Losers, so everything they know about Pennywise is very speculative and shrouded in absurdity, so I wanted to respect that mystery feeling of not knowing what’s on the other side. I also wanted to leave something for the second half, so I didn’t want to get in trouble with that — going into the macroverse or that transdimensional stuff — and keep it grounded, from the point of view of the kids.”

Asked if the “IT” second part will have a higher budget, he not unsurprisingly responded: “Well, clearly I hope so”. Muschietti has previously said that while the second half will focus on the adult versions of the characters in the present day, there will be scenes involving the kids as well as dialogue between the two timelines.

Perhaps most interestingly, when talking about both the present and the past timelines being featured in the sequel, Muschetti says that “there will be a dialogue between the two timelines.” While the book cuts back and forth between both eras repeatedly, Muschetti’s use of the word “dialogue” suggests that IT: Part 2 might include some actual literal interaction between the child and adult Losers, which could certainly be a cool device if used well.

It opens on September 8, 2017. If it makes as much money as everyone expects, we’ll start hearing more about the sequel very soon.