By Creative Media Times
Warner Bros. and New Line has set the stage for the return of Pennywise the evil clown. According to Hollywood Reporter on Monday, the imminent sequel to the blockbuster horror will be hitting screens on Sept. 6, 2019.
This means the studio is sticking to that same post-Labor Day weekend that saw It’s predecessor smash box-office records two weeks ago when the film opened to an unprecedented $123.4M domestically. That number is the largest September opening ever, as well as biggest horror domestic opening, bigger R-rater film, and biggest for a book adaptation.
The post-Labor Day weekend is traditionally a dumping ground smaller films. But Stephen King’s hit film helped redefine the box-office calendar, with this month’s overall film grosses now on track to break all time September record, a welcome turn around for Hollywood after a sluggish summer season.
Though director Andy Muschietti is still in negotiations to return, co-scriptwriter Gary Dauberman is already on board to come back for the sequel. According to Variety’s interview this summer with the director: “Part one is only about the kids. Part two is about these characters 30 years later as adults, with flashbacks to 1989 when they were kids”.
The currently untitled sequel is currently up against an untitled Blumhouse Productions film slated to open on same date, though this early a lot will most likely change.