It director says sequel will be 'much darker'

  • 12/09/2017

Hot on the heels of the record-breaking opening weekend of horror movie It, director Andy Muschietti has promised the follow-up will be "darker".

Based on the Stephen King novel, the film follows a group of bullied kids who band together when a shape-shifting demon, taking the appearance of clown, slaughters a bunch of children.

Unlike the book and 1990 mini-series, the new film focussed solely on the story of the kids in the '80s without showing anything of the adults they later become - but the sequel will change that.

"It won't be a comedy... If the second movie happens, I really want to recover the dialogue between the two timelines that the book had," Muschietti told MTV News.

He told Entertainment Weekly, "My idea of Mike in the second movie is darker than the book... I want to make his character the one pivotal character who brings them all together, but staying in Derry took a toll with him. I want him to be a junkie actually."

Meanwhile, the young stars of It have publicly stated who they want to portray their characters as adults, resulting in the dream cast of Christian Bale, Jake Gyllenhaal, Jessica Chastain, Bill Hader, Chadwick Boseman, Chris Pratt and Joseph Gordon-Levitt.

It hauled in US$179 million (NZ$246 million) at the global box office on its opening weekend, setting multiple records.