What Should We Expect From the Adult Losers Vs. Pennywise?
Considering the huge success of Chapter 1, it's not surprising that people are clamoring for any news they can get about what to expect in the eventual sequel. Luckily, director Andy Muschietti and his producing partner/sister Barbara have been fairly forthcoming in their ideas for the as-yet-unwritten film.
If you’re a fan, as many are, of the younger Losers, don’t fret – they’re coming back. “On the second movie, that dialogue between timelines will be more present,” Andy Muschietti said, in an interview with Entertainment Weekly. “If we’re telling the story of adults, we are going to have flashbacks that take us back to the ‘80s and inform the story in the present day.”
Another tidbit of information from the director clears up a little of the confusion about Mike Hanlon. As stated earlier, Movie Mike and Book Mike are very different, characters. However, the director is hoping to marry the versions in the upcoming sequel. “My idea of Mike in the second movie is quite darker from the book,” the filmmaker said. “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 continued. "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.”
That last quote leads to something that many book fans have been curious about; namely, how is this sequel going to explain Pennywise’s origin? For those that don’t know, and didn’t take the time out to read the 1,000-plus novel or watch the horrible second part to the miniseries, Pennywise is an alien. More specifically, he’s from another dimension. Without melting your brain with crazy details, suffice to say, Pennywise’s origin is weird, convoluted and not easy to film. As indicated in the above quote, the director is going to use Mike Hanlon’s drug abuse to help explain the villain's origin, by having him “alter his mind” and discover the true origins of the evil clown.
The other major confirmation about the sequel involves a Loser who doesn’t make it back to Derry.
SERIOUS SPOILERS AHEAD
As many fans of the novel and TV miniseries know, Stan doesn’t make it to the Losers Club reunion. Instead, upon hearing about Pennywise’s return, Stan slits his wrist and writes “It” in blood on his bathroom wall. “There is something in the future for him, taking his own life, that finds its seed in this film,” Andy Muschietti said. “He is the one who doesn’t want to accept what’s going on. And being the one who didn’t want to participate he gets the worst part.”
While we have a clear sense of what story Andy Muschietti wants to tell in Chapter 2, we don’t actually know who will show up on screen. The adult Losers Club has yet to be cast, but there have been some potential names thrown around. As Muschietti is responsible for 2013’s Mama, Jessica Chastain has been speculated as an adult Bev. Another actress with “January embers” that could potentially play Bev is Amy Adams, whose name has been brought up since young Bev actress Sophia Lillis actually portrays a younger version of Amy Adams’ character in the HBO series Sharp Objects.
One thing is for sure, Pennywise is returning. Actor Bill Skarsgård, who does an incredible job as the Dancing Clown, has been locked down for Chapter 2. The only real question is what forms the shapeshifter will take after 30 years. If “Chapter 1” is any indication, the Losers Club will have one hell of a fight.