To call last year’s theatrical re-adaptation of Stephen King’s IT a success would be a massive understatement. Critics showered praise upon the Andy Muschietti-directed film, and most fans loved it too, leading to an absolutely massive global box office haul of over $700 million.
2019 will see both iconic King villain Pennywise the Dancing Clown – the favored form of IT’s titular shape-shifting monster – and his determined not to die prey The Losers’ Club return for arguably the most highly anticipated horror sequel of the current decade.
Entitled simply IT: Chapter Two, the sequel’s script will once again be penned by writer Gary Dauberman, who also wrote Conjuring spinoffs like Annabelle: Creation and The Nun. Dauberman is a rising name in the horror community, and is set to direct Annabelle 3.
During a recent interview with Slash Film, Dauberman was asked if Chapter Two would wrap up the story, or whether New Line wanted to leave room for a future follow-up. Dauberman insisted that Chapter Two is the final installment, and also dropped hints about the ending:
No, this is a complete story. The ending I think will satisfy the audience and maybe break their hearts a little bit.
While it’s good to know that things won’t be stretched out to a Chapter Three, Dauberman’s mention of breaking hearts is likely to alarm fans. Not all the Losers survive King’s book, but diehard fans would go in expecting those same Losers to die.
With that in mind, one wonders if Dauberman has some tricks up his sleeve, and plans to kill off some fan-favorite Losers that no one will see coming. That would definitely break hearts, but worried fans won’t get to find out if that’s the case until September 2019.