Director Andy Muschietti has revealed the It Chapter Two runtime and it looks like it’s 30 minutes longer that It. Muschietti told Digital Spy that the It Chapter Two runtime has been locked in at a whopping two hours and 45 minutes.
“At the beginning, when you’re writing and building the beats of the story, everything that you put in there seems very essential to the story. However, when you have the movie finally edited and it’s four hours long, you realize that some of the events and some of the beats can be easily lifted but the essence of the story remains intact,” Muschietti said.
He added: “You cannot deliver a four-hour movie because people will start to feel uncomfortable – no matter what they see – but we ended up having a movie that is two hours and 45 minutes, and the pacing is very good. Nobody who’s seen the movie has had any complaint.”
But that’s not all. They are planning a Director’s Cut as well! “We will put out a director’s cut because this time it definitely merits it,” producer Barbara Muschietti added. “We have some amazing scenes that didn’t make it into the movie. You have to make choices sometimes and some things cannot be in this theatrical release but are definitely worthy of people seeing them at a later date.”
Andy said that nothing scary was taken out. “Everything that is too scary is in the movie.”
Stephen King also chimed in on Twitter about the film’s final act:
IT CHAPTER 2: The final confrontation is epic.
— Stephen King (@StephenKing) July 27, 2019
In related news, ArcLight Cinemas has partnered with Andy Muschietti to curate a film series showcasing his favorite and most influential horror films of all time. ArcLight Presents… Prepare to Scare will kick off on July 29 and will include six classic films handpicked by Muschietti: Poltergeist, The Fearless Vampire Killers, Fright Night, The Thing, An American Werewolf in London and Omega Man.
All screenings of the film will be followed by an exclusive “ArcLight Stories” interview with Andy Muschietti.
“Andy Muschietti is a visionary filmmaker who has only just begun to terrify us. He dug deep inside our minds with ‘IT,’ helming what became the most successful horror film of all time. Now, we’re delving deep inside his mind, collaborating on this very special screening series. Andy has picked some of his favorites, which we are excited to showcase on the big screen for ArcLight audiences nationwide as we eagerly await the highly anticipated ‘IT Chapter Two,'” said Kevin Holloway, Vice President, ArcLight Cinemas Film Marketing & Operations.
For more info on the program, click here, and you can watch a promo video below.
Evil resurfaces in Derry as director Andy Muschietti reunites the Losers Club — young and adult — in a return to where it all began with It Chapter Two. The film is Muschietti’s follow-up to 2017’s critically-acclaimed and massive worldwide box office hit It, which grossed over $700 million globally. Both redefining and transcending the genre, It became part of the cultural zeitgeist as well as the highest-grossing horror film of all time.
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. James McAvoy stars as Bill, Oscar nominee Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty) as Beverly, Bill Hader as Richie, Isaiah Mustafa as Mike, Jay Ryan as Ben, James Ransone as Eddie, and Bill Skarsgård returning in the seminal role of Pennywise.
Andy Bean plays Stanley, and reprising their roles as the original members of the Losers Club are Jaeden Martell as Bill, Wyatt Oleff as Stanley, Sophia Lillis as Beverly, Finn Wolfhard as Richie, Jeremy Ray Taylor as Ben, Chosen Jacobs as Mike, and Jack Dylan Grazer as Eddie.
Muschietti directs from a screenplay by Gary Dauberman (It) based on the novel by Stephen King. Barbara Muschietti, Dan Lin and Roy Lee are producing the film. Marty Ewing, Seth Grahame-Smith and David Katzenberg are the executive producers.
Warner Bros. Pictures will distribute the anticipated sequel in theaters and IMAX on September 6, 2019. The movie has been rated R for “disturbing violent content and bloody images throughout, pervasive language, and somecrude sexual material.” You can watch the new trailer by clicking here.