Okay, the IT sequel hasn’t officially been greenlit yet, but it’s been such a box office smash that we’re sure that it’s going to happen, and some details about the sequel have been revealed by EW, which reports that the child actors from the first film will return. Says director Andy Muschietti:
“On the second movie, that dialogue between timelines will be more present, if we’re telling the story of adults, we are going to have flashbacks that take us back to the 80’s and inform the story in the present day.”
There’s also going to be a departure from the book and the TV movie regarding the character of Mike Hanlon, who is the only member of the Loser’s Club to stay in Derry. Says Muschietti:
“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. A librarian junkie. When the second movie starts, he’s a wreck…He’s not just the collector of knowledge of what Pennywise has been doing in Derry. He will bear the role of trying to figure out how to defeat him. The only way he can do that is to take drugs and alter his mind.”
The mind-altering aspect could possibly relate to the Native American ritual that the kids take in the novel that didn’t turn up in the first film.
MAJOR SPOILER – It also seems that, as in the film but unlike in the TV version, a certain member of the Loser’s Club will commit suicide rather than face Pennywise again.
They’d better get going on the sequel pretty quick though, as kids can grow up quite a lot in a year….