From the beginning, it has been known that the idea behind Andy Muschetti’s adaptation of Stephen King’s IT was that the story would be told over the course of two feature films. The first film – as we all saw – told the story of the Losers’ Club’s childhood battle with IT, while the second film will focus on their second battle as reunited adults.
Considering that IT has made roughly all of the money so far – with no end currently in sight – making the sequel is a can’t miss prospect for Warner Bros. and its little brother New Line, but it’s still comforting to know that the studio has now officially assigned a September 6th, 2019 release date to what many fans have already taken to calling IT: Chapter 2.
According to Variety’s report, Muschetti is still expected to return to the director’s chair for the as yet still untitled IT sequel, although a deal still has yet to be finalized. Screenwriter Gary Dauberman is already working on the sequel’s script, after serving as one of the three credited writers of the first IT.
On a reported production budget of $35 million, IT has so far hauled in $266 million domestically and another $212 million from international markets, for a total of $478 million worldwide.
Having only slipped to #2 after three weeks in theaters, there is no reason to believe that IT won’t soon pass The Sixth Sense as the highest grossing horror film of all time. IT recently overtook The Exorcist to claim the title of highest grossing R-rated horror movie, but still has a little ways to go before passing The Sixth Sense’s $293 million domestic haul.