WARNING: The following contains spoilers for It: Chapter Two, in theaters Sept. 6.
With IT: Chapter Two, the second half of the cinematic adaptation of Stephen King's classic horror novel, poised to open in theaters everywhere, the filmmakers have hinted there may be additional material for a potential sequel.
Producer Barbara Muschietti and her brother Andy point out that the main story told in King's novel has been completed by the second installment. However, given the second chapter's reveal that the monstrous Pennywise has been active on Earth for millions of years under different names and forms, Andy Muschietti notes that the backstory could possibly be explored in a sequel.
"There is a whole mythology to the book," observed Andy Muschietti in an interview with io9. "Mythology is something that always has opportunities to explore. It has been on Earth for millions of years. He’s been in contact with humans for hundreds of years, every 27 years. So you can imagine the amount of material."
While the possibility of seeing the extra-dimensional creature stalking civilizations living in the Maine countryside across generations past is a tantalizing prospect, the filmmakers are quick to point out that no sequel or prequel is currently in the works.
"It’s always exciting to think of eventually exploring this mythology," admitted Andy Muschietti. "It’s very exciting. But, for now, there’s nothing on the table.”
It: Chapter 2 stars Bill Skarsgård, James McAvoy, Jessica Chastain, Jay Ryan, Bill Hader, Isaiah Mustafa, James Ransone, Andy Bean, Teach Grant, Jess Weixler, Will Beinbrink, Xavier Dolan, Jaeden Lieberher, Sophia Lillis, Jeremy Ray Taylor, Finn Wolfhard, Chosen Jacobs, Jack Dylan Grazer, Wyatt Oleff and Nicholas Hamilton. The film is scheduled to be released on Sept. 6.