The wait is almost over! We are now t-minus 36 days away from the wide release of director Andres Muschietti’s IT: Chapter 2. If the two-year hiatus between films has you itching to refresh your memory of 2017’s IT, a new opportunity just floated in.
Fandango announced via Twitter that the film will return to participating cinemas for two nights in August! That’s not all, though. Included in the post-credits will be 8 minutes of new footage from IT: Chapter Two! Now, from a bit of research into theatres in my area, it appears that exactly what days those are can vary from location to location. If you dare to revisit your first trip to Derry or even see it for the first time on the big screen, check the movie times in your area ASAP.
In addition to the sneak peak news, Muschietti recently revealed that IT: Chapter Two clocks in with a run-time of two hours and forty-five minutes. While on the surface it may seem unnecessary for a horror film to last almost as long as The Godfather, the director combated this stereotype in an interview with Digital Spy.
A movie is very different when you’re writing the script and you’re building a story compared to what the final product is. 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. 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.
It’s also worth noting that Stephen King’s novel IT owns a page count of 1,138 pages. It should be reasonable to understand that with so much source material, an extensive run-time would be necessary to do the film justice. Considering how well 2017’s IT fared with audiences and critics alike, I encourage any doubters to give Muschietti the benefit of the doubt here.
IT: Chapter Two floats into theatres September 6th, 2019. Will you be attending any of the early screenings of IT (2017)? Let us know on Twitter, in the Nightmare on Film Street Subreddit, and on Facebook in the Horror Movie Fiend Club!