Warner Bros.’ It franchise shows no sign of ‘sinking’ into the sewers of Derry as director Andy Muschietti teases possible plans for a trilogy of movies. After the box office behemoth that was It: Chapter One in 2017, Muschietti is rounding off the story with It: Chapter Two in a matter of days.
Stephen King’s acclaimed novel focussed on Pennywise the Dancing Clown — an evil entity that stalks a group of outcast kids called the Losers Club. King’s book was split into two distinct halves and was perfect for Warner Bros. to adapt into two movies. However, Muschietti says the story doesn’t end there.
Speaking to io9, Muschietti claims the mythology surrounding Pennywise is just too good to pass up on. “There is a whole mythology to the book,” he said. “Mythology is something that always has opportunities to explore. It has been on Earth for millions of years.
“He’s been in contact with humans for hundreds of years, every 27 years. So you can imagine the amount of material.”
Pennywise is actually a demonic creature that can take the form of your darkest fears. For the Losers Club, it just happens to be the homicidal harlequin with a penchant for biting their limbs off.
It’s interesting to note that Muschietti doesn’t mention whether he’d like to create a sequel or a prequel.
As It: Chapter One briefly touched on, there have been plenty of horrifying incidents involving Pennywise over the years. That being said, there’s lots of interest in Mike Flanagan’s upcoming continuation of The Shining. Based on King’s book Doctor Sleep, Flanagan is bringing a sequel to Stanley Kubrick’s legendary movie to our screens.
While King has never written a sequel to It, I’m sure Muschietti can up with another terrifying tale. All of this is a long way off anyway, and it’s important to note that Warner Bros. has said nothing about continuing the story of It beyond Chapter Two.
Muschietti reiterated, “It’s always exciting to think of eventually exploring this mythology. It’s very exciting. But, for now, there’s nothing on the table.”
Well, at least we can sit back and ‘enjoy’ the slaughter of It: Chapter Two and an all-star cast including James McAvoy, Jessica Chastain, and Bill Hader. Could the adult Losers return for another horror outing? We can hear the jingling of Pennywise from here.
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