New Line’s sequel to “IT,” likely to be titled “IT: Chapter Two” going by the first film’s end credits, is coming together.
Gary Dauberman, who co-wrote the first film, has come onboard to work on the script for the follow-up which Andy Muschietti is expected to return on as director – though he hasn’t closed his deal yet.
The same producing team of Barbara Muschietti, Roy Lee, Dan Lin, Seth Grahame-Smith, and David Katzenberg are all believed to be back as well.
The first film adapts half the novel in which a group of teenagers battle a shape-shifting child-eating monster who most regularly takes on the form of a sinister clown.
The second film is expected to adapt the other half in which the teenagers are now in their early forties and return to the town they’ve tried to forget to finally put a stop to the creature.
“IT” is currently scoring very positive reviews with an 88% (7.2) on Rotten Tomatoesand a 71/100 on Metacritic. Opening tomorrow, the film is expected to garner as much as $65-75 million in its opening weekend.
No release date has been set for the follow-up.