“Pennywise has a craving for the losers. He wants revenge, but it’s more than that – he’s missed them.”
So says actor Bill Skarsgård – back as the demonic entity known as Pennywise – in a new It Chapter Two behind-the-scenes featurette released by Warner Bros. There are bts snippets and interview slices with the film’s extended cast, which includes James McAvoy, Jessica Chastain, Bill Hader and Aussie actor Jay Ryan, as well as the return of the young cast members from the first.
“Tonally, the film will feel just like the first one,” says returning director Andy Muschietti, “but we’ll crank up the horror aspects of it.” Geez, crank up the horror? My nails will be completely gone and every kernel of popcorn will be on the floor after this one.
The first film remains the highest-grossing horror film of all time (unadjusted numbers) with a box office of $US700.3 million. And that’s from a production budget of around $US35 million! We’ll see if the sequel can top it.
It Chapter Two, also starring Isaiah Mustafa, James Ransone, Andy Bean, Jaeden Lieberher, Sophia Lillis, Finn Wolfhard, Chosen Jacobs, Jeremy Ray Taylor, Jack Dylan Grazer and Wyatt Oleff, arrives in Australia on September 5 and hits the US on September 6.
Because every 27 years evil revisits the town of Derry, Maine, “It Chapter Two” brings the characters—who’ve long since gone their separate ways—back together as adults, nearly three decades after the events of the first film.