The It remake has become a massive hit for New Line Cinema and Warner Bros. as the film’s box office skyrocketed to $688 million globally. One of the big success stories of the year for the studio alongside Wonder Woman.
WB didn’t take long to green light the sequel as they’ve already slated It: Chapter Two‘s release date for September 6th, 2019.
Omega Underground has learned from local sources that the studio is aiming to return to Port Hope, Ontario which was transformed into Derry along with the surrounding Toronto area for the first installment.
We also suspect a return to the stages of Pinewood Toronto Studios.
Production dates for the sequel haven’t been revealed to us but another summer shoot wouldn’t be terribly inconvenient to the Canadian town just east of Toronto. Then again, a fall shoot might add to the spookiness of the sequel.
The Losers Club (now adults) reunite after decades apart from each other when the group believes Pennywise has returned to Derry.
Andy Muschietti is set to return as director.
Casting hasn’t begun but Jessica Chastain has been lobbying heavily for the role of Beverly and Bill Skarsgard is poised to return as Pennywise.
Chastain is no stranger to shooting north of the border as her films Crimson Peak, Miss Sloane, Molly’s Game, Mama (directed by Muschietti), and X-Men: Dark Phoenix were all shot in Canada. Four out five shot in the Toronto area.
Plenty of fan-castings have been making the rounds for the other roles as well. It’s also possible we could see the kid actors return in flashbacks.
The It sequel isn’t the only big studio project expected to film in Toronto in the second half of 2018, as Andy’s Mama producer Guillermo del Toro is expected to film his Fantastic Voyage remake at Pinewood Toronto Studios beginning sometime in the fall. Guillermo’s last three films have been shot in Toronto including the upcoming release The Shape of Water.
Are you as excited for the sequel as we are?
SOURCE: OMEGA UNDERGROUND