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IT sequel goes into development

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Story by Jack Foley

A SEQUEL, or second chapter, to horror reboot IT is moving into development even before the first film opens in cinemas this weekend.

New Line has reportedly retained the services of Gary Dauberman, one of the screenwriters on the new IT, to pen the follow-up, while director Andy Muschietti is also poised to return behind the camera.

Ironically, a sequel was pretty much always the plan given the open-ended nature of the film.

Based upon the novel by Stephen King, IT follows a group of friends who band together to defeat their small town’s demon, aka Pennywise the clown – first as kids and then as adults, years later.

The first film, which is due in cinemas from tomorrow, tackles the children’s storyline. The follow-up is expected to concentrate on the adults, although there remains scope for several of the child actors to return by way of flashback.

The new version of It looks set to be a box office hit, having been given a generally positive set of reviews by critics. It has also been keenly anticipated by horror fans ever since first trailer debuted to 197 million views across all platforms in its first 24 hours.

Box-office observers are also predicting that the film could open to more than $60 million, which would be a welcome boost to the beleaguered summer box office.

As yet, no release date for Chapter 2 has been set, although a date in 2019 looks likely.

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