There’s been a lot of chatter about a potential sequel to It Follows. There’s been nothing in the way of any kind of official announcement, but given the film’s success story and plot device that caters to franchise potential, it pretty much seems inevitable.
Comments made by director David Robert Mitchell and Tom Quinn, co-president of distribution company Radius-TWC, only make it seem all the more likely. Luckily, there are a lot of angles that could be explored in a sequel thanks to how much Mitchell left to the imagination in his film.
In fact, while It Follows has clearly been a favorite among the horror community, a common theme among some of the less enthusiastic reviews of the film has been the very fact that so much was left to the imagination. In other words, a lack of explanation is sometimes brushed off as laziness.
Last week, Mitchell participated in a reddit AMA. He made some interesting comments about the nature of “the It” that could both serve as potential angles to be explored in a sequel and give a little bit of explanation about the villain. Not too much explanation, but at least some insight into the creator’s mindset about it.
One person asked how the Hugh character knew so much about the monster such as thinking he got it from a girl from a bar or how he would even know it came from sex.
Mitchell’s response was, “This suggests a much larger backstory within Hugh’s life. We can only imagine the circumstances that led to Hugh discovering this. The film offers a few clues.”
Mitchell talked a little more about this in an interview with Yahoo Movies, indicating that the rules laid out in the movie (which mostly came from Hugh) may not be the true rules of how the It works.
“The only rules that we hear are rules that we’re told by a character within the film, who has access to limited information,” he explained. “If you look at the film enough, you can start to understand how he may be figuring these things out and how he has gotten the information that he has. But you also have to understand that they’re not rules on a stone’s tablet; they’re a character’s best guess about what’s happening to them. So, you know, they seem mostly right. But for me, that’s kind of fun, in that there might be some gaps in information, some things that he doesn’t understand and neither do we.”
In other words, this could pretty much open the floodgates to potential ideas for a sequel.
Some other responses he gave in the AMA also show how he thinks about the It:
“For one, looking like normal people, it has the ability to approach the character without them being aware that it’s the monster. Also, it’s the way that the monster uses the human figure to hurt or disturb the characters.”
“I think most of the time It’s always walking. But It can choose to move in ways that might hurt or affect the person it’s following.”
“It could certainly cross the ocean. I imagine that it could get on a boat or a plane. Or it could move through the water, if it chose to.”
“It doesn’t spawn. It has to physically move from one place to the other. It could get on an airplane if it wanted to.”
“The monster’s form is directly connected to the person that it’s following.”
“If you give it to someone, then it’s only going to follow the next person that that person sleeps with. So it’s not like you can infect multiple people at the same time. Once you’ve passed it on, you’ve passed it on. Unless that person dies…”
Asked about whether the It can only be passed with male/female sex, he said, “I believe that any kind of sex counts.”
On the use of water in the movie: “There is symbolism behind it, but I also think the use of water within a film is transportive for an audience in a way – just hearing or seeing water represented in a film allows the viewer to connect with the physicality of what’s happening within the frame. And as for what it means, I hate to explain it. I prefer for people to simply experience it and decide how they feel about it.”
If (most likely when) a sequel gets made, it may or may not be Mitchell who directs it. While he has expressed interest in doing more horror at some point, he has also said it’s not likely that his next project will be another horror film. Either way, fans will no doubt be lining up to see it.
Read the AMA for Mitchell’s responses to many more questions about the movie, the genre, and his career.