TEHRAN. (Iranart) - P ennywise the Dancing Clown is getting ready to terrorize audiences all over again. New Line Cinema and Warner Bros. on Monday announced that a sequel to the horror blockbuster ‘It’ will hit theaters, including Imax locations, on Sept. 6, 2019.
According to Hollywood Reporter, since its debut earlier this month, the film adaptation of Stephen King’s book has shattered numerous records including becoming the top-grossing horror film of all time (not adjusting for inflation). ‘The Exorcist,’ released in 1973, made $233 million in North America and $441.3 million worldwide, but the domestic portion swells to $917.5 million when adjusting for inflation.
‘It’ has earned $266.1 million in the US and $478.1 million globally to date. The R-rated film has roused the box office back to life after a brutal August and tough summer, as well as fueling record September revenue in North America.
Based on the Motion Picture Association of America film rating system, R-rated (Restricted) films include movies that contain some adult material and the audience under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian.
Gary Dauberman, one of the screenwriters of ‘It,’ has quietly closed a deal to pen the screenplay for the follow-up, while director Andy Muschietti is waiting in the wings to return as well. Producers Barbara Muschietti, Roy Lee, Dan Lin, Seth Grahame-Smith and David Katzenberg are also expected to return for the sequel.
King’s opus ‘It’ tells of a group of friends who band together to defeat their small town’s demon, first as kids and then as adults. While his book toggles between the young and older characters, New Line structured its adaptation so that the first film focuses on the kids and is set in the past. While the sequel will take place in the present, it will be punctuated with flashbacks, allowing the same cadre of kids to be seen again.