Are you ready to feel the sheer terror that comes with being haunted by Pennywise the Dancing Clown? Warner Bros. and CJ 4DPLEX are officially bringing the upcoming sequel IT Chapter Two to an immersive theater experience near you this fall. And it sounds absolutely horrifying.
CJ 4DPLEX, the world's leading cinema technology company, together with Warner Bros. Pictures, announced today the release of New Line Cinema's IT Chapter Two in three leading next-generation cinema technologies: the multi-sensory 4DX format, the ened 4DX Extreme available in select theaters and territories and the panoramic, 270-degree ScreenX. When the film is released globally on September 6, 2019, audiences worldwide will be able to take in the highly anticipated horror franchise finale in the cutting-edge auditoriums of 4DX and ScreenX.
IT Chapter Two in 4DX will bring another chilling layer of suspense to the tense atmosphere of Derry with a combination of motion, vibration and environmental effects. And, for those who dare, IT Chapter Two in 4DX Extreme will be made even more terrifying. Amping the levels of motion, vibration and environmental effects by up to 20 percent, 4DX Extreme will have audiences jolting and gripping the edge of their seats, taking in the intensely suspenseful atmosphere of the 4DX auditorium in 4DX Extreme.
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Finally, IT Chapter Two in ScreenX will expand the world of Derry, with key sequences throughout the film projected onto the left and right-side walls of the auditorium, surrounding the audience and enhance the looming, atmospheric tones of the film inside the theater. As the screen stretches onto the ScreenX wings, suspenseful images will dance in the peripherals of the audience, drawing the audience deeper into the experience. Said JongRyul Kim, CEO of CJ 4DPLEX.
"We have had a longstanding partnership with Warner Bros. Pictures, and we are thrilled to be releasing our sixth collaboration this year with IT Chapter Two in 4DX, 4DX Extreme and ScreenX. Each collaboration has been wonderful, and we look forward to having audiences gripping onto their seats as they watch the ened and terrifying concluding chapter of 'IT' for a one-of-a-kind in-theater experience."
"We are incredibly excited to be expanding our partnership with CJ 4DPLEX to release IT Chapter Two in 4DX, 4DX Extreme and in ScreenX. We trust CJ 4DPLEX to add something new and exciting to the film-going experience, and this film, enhanced by these cutting-edge formats, is going to be a lot of fun and especially terrifying for our audiences."
4DX enhances the on-screen visuals of action-packed adventures and haunting horror films, transcending the traditional cinema experience through such special effects as motion-synchronized seats, wind, fog, rain, lightning, snow, bubbles, vibrations, and scents. The result is one of the most exciting cinema formats in the industry, drawing fans deeper into the action on the big screen. 4DX Extreme ramps up the motion and environmental effects further, ening the effects by up to 20 percent, perfect for adrenaline junkies and super 4DX fans.
ScreenX is the world's first multi-projection theatre technology that allows a 270-degree panoramic movie watching experience. ScreenX allows the audience to go beyond the frame of the traditional movie screen, utilizing a proprietary system to expand the center screen image to the side walls, surrounding audiences with imagery and providing a sense of being inside the movie.
In the U.S., IT Chapter Two will be available in 4DX with Regal Cinemas, Cinepolis, Marcus Theatres and CGV Cinemas, and "IT Chapter Two" in ScreenX will be available with Regal Cinemas, B&B Theatres and CGV Cinemas.
A brand new Korean TV trailer for IT Chapter Two has surfaced online. We're about a month out from round two with Pennywise and The Losers Club, which means we're going to be bombarded with TV spots, images, interviews and everything in between. While not every shred of that information is going to be worth covering, this particular bit of footage has some merit to it, as it teases a faithful adaptation of one of the most insane scenes from Stephen King's original novel.
The teaser takes a lot of the footage we've seen in the previous two trailers and reorganizes it into a thrilling, concise and creepy 30-second tease of what's to come. There are brief blink-and-you'll-miss-it new moments in there. The most significant of these moments has to do with the character of Richie, who has an encounter with a large Paul Bunyan statue. The statue itself has been teased in prior trailers. Here though, in a brief shot, we see the statue attacking Richie. This is pulled right from the book as, at one point, Pennywise takes the form of the statue and attacks Richie. We see a very short moment of this as the statue crashes down onto a park bench, with Richie narrowly escaping.
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It had been hinted at previously by both director Andy Muschietti and writer Gary Dauberman that this movie was going to contain some faithful, strange, and in some cases potentially upsetting, scenes from the book. We know that the Ritual of Chud is going to be brought to the screen in some form, and that Xavier Dolan will be playing Adrian Mellon, a particularly noteworthy character from the novel who is a gay man that falls victim to a violent hate crime. So, the fact that this Paul Bunyan bit is being included isn't terribly surprising, though it is rather amazing to see.
While Chapter One focused entirely on The Losers Club as kids, the sequel will be utilizing the young cast as well as adult actors who are portraying the group 27 years after the events of the first movie. The actors tasked with bringing the adult Losers to life include James McAvoy Bill Denbrough, Jessica Chastain Beverly Marsh, Bill Hader Richie Tozier, Isaiah Mustafa Mike Hanlon, Jay Ryan Ben Hanscom, James Ransone Eddie Kaspbrak and Andy Bean Stanley Uris. Bill Skarsgard, rather importantly, is also returning as Pennywise.
IT went on to become an unexpectedly huge success, grossing $700 million worldwide, which was enough to make it the highest-grossing horror movie of all time. As such, the filmmakers have been allowed to take some chances and bring some bold sequences to the screen. And we'll have plenty of time to witness all of the bloody happenings, as the movie clocks in at 2 hours and 45 minutes. Warner Bros. is set to release IT Chapter Two in theaters on September 6. Be sure to check out the new Korean TV spot for yourself.
It Chapter Two takes place 27 years after the events of the first film, but there will be flashbacks, made up of new footage, to the now-adult characters’ younger selves. That presented a problem for director Andy Muschietti: the original and sequel were not shot back to back, and in the approximately two years between filming, the Losers’ Club had, well, aged two years. The young stars — Sophia Lillis Beverly, Jaeden Martell Bill, Wyatt Oleff Stanley, Jack Dylan Grazer Eddie, Finn Wolfhard Richie, Chosen Jacobs Mike, and Jeremy Ray Taylor Ben - have grown up in real life, but they have to look the same for the movie. Get used to hearing about the new trend, digital de-aging.
“Well, it’s better to shoot it two years later than five years later. But in those two years, they grew up quite a bit,” Muschietti recently told Total Film magazine, via Bloody Disgusting. “Not all of them. Sophia looks exactly the same. Jaeden looks pretty much the same. Finn grew up quite a bit, and he’s a tall guy. [We] knew that that would be part of the budget… So we’re going to de-age the kids.”
It’s the same technique Martin Scorsese used for The Irishman on Robert De Niro, and Ang Lee for Gemini Man on Will Smith, and Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck for Captain Marvel on Samuel L. Jackson. It should, however, not be confused with “digital fur technology,” which is much scarier than Pennywise.
Martin Scorsese’s “The Irishman” and Ang Lee’s “Gemini Man” aren’t the only notable fall releases using de-aging special effects. In an interview with Total Film magazine via Bloody Disgusting, “It: Chapter Two” director Andy Muschietti reveals the horror sequel reserved some of its VFX budget to de-age the child actors who appeared in the 2017 first installment. The young actors — Jaeden Martell Bill, Wyatt Oleff Stanley, Jack Dylan Grazer Eddie, Finn Wolfhard Richie, Sophia Lillis Beverly, Chosen Jacobs Mike, and Jeremy Ray Taylor Ben — reprise their “It” roles in the sequel via flashback sequences.
“Well, it's better to shoot it two years later than five years later. But in those two years, they grew up quite a bit,” Muschietti said of his original cast. “Not all of them. Sophia looks exactly the same. Jaeden looks pretty much the same. Finn grew up quite a bit, and he's a tall guy. But from the beginning, we knew that that would be part of the budget, the visual effects to address that. So we're going to de-age the kids.”
De-aging VFX have become the latest Hollywood trend. Scorsese’s “The Irishman” is using de-aging technology to make Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, and Joe Pesci appear decades younger, while Ang Lee’s VFX in the action film “Gemini Man” make Will Smith appear like a 23 year old. The technology also played a starring role in Marvel Studios and Disney’s “Captain Marvel,” in which Samuel L. Jackson played a 1990s-era version of his popular character Nick Fury. Marvel has experimented a lot with de-aging VFX, using the technology on Michael Douglas in “Ant-Man.”
“It Chapter Two” is set 27 years after the events of the first movie and follows the now-adult members of the Losers Club as they return to Derry, Maine, to finish Pennywise once and for all. While the majority of the film stars the adult cast, including Jessica Chastain, Bill Hader, and James McAvoy, the original “It” child actors filmed new scenes for flashbacks. McAvoy told Total Film that returning to Derry results in a “reopening of events” for the characters, hence the young cast returning. Muschietti also confirmed to the magazine that Stephen King wrote a new scene for the movie that was not included in his 1986 horror novel.
Warner Bros. is set to open “It Chapter Two” in theaters nationwide September 4.
IT Chapter Two will feature a brand-new scene which is completely original to the movie. Some Stephen King fans might be getting a bit nervous to hear that news, but it turns out the addition was the iconic author's idea. King doesn't often get involved in the big or small screen adaptations of his work and has been vocal when things don't go according to plan. With that being said, 2017's IT was a massive success and was praised for elevating one of King's most beloved stories.
As it turns out, Stephen King read the first draft of the IT Chapter Two script and enjoyed what he read. However, he suggested adding "one all-new scene" to the movie. "It was absolutely huge," director Andres Muschietti said. "For me, it would be unthinkable when I was 12 or 13." Obviously, details are being kept under wraps, but Muschietti has been teasing some differences in the highly anticipated sequel as a way to keep fans of the book on their toes.
When the first IT came out, Stephen King said, "I wasn't involved at all. I wished them well." This falls in line with what the author has done over the years when approaching a new adaptation of his work. He's more than happy to allow people the creative freedom to interpret his words on the page, but he will let everybody know if it didn't live up to his expectations. "Geez, I don't even think they sent me any swag from that one! But maybe that's a good thing. I've seen it, it's fabulous," King said when talking about the first installment. This proves Andres Muschietti and crew left King alone while making the movie.
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It was recently revealed that IT Chapter Two will be three hours long. Some horror fans think the runtime might be a bit on the long side, but there are more than a few fans of the book who are welcoming it, hoping Andres Muschietti was able to pack in as much from the source material as humanly possible. Muschietti and crew lucked out when the first installment became such a big hit. The success has allowed more creative freedom and a second chance to get the book right on the big screen.
Andres Muschietti doesn't care about the uproar over the runtime and is confident horror fans will like what they see when the movie hits theaters this fall. Plus, they needed to add some extra time to throw Stephen King's new idea into IT Chapter Two. It's going to be interesting to see the movie and try and figure which of the new ideas came from King, though it'll probably be pretty easy when all is said and done. The interview with Andres Muschietti can be found in the latest issue of Total Film.
We have some juicy new details regarding IT Chapter Two, straight from director Andy Muschietti. With the sequel mere weeks away at this point, the cast and filmmakers are going to start making the press rounds for what is easily one of the most highly-anticipated movies of 2019. Now, Muschietti has revealed that the sequel will be using de-aging technology on cast members that are already quite young, as well as explaining that Stephen King wrote a new scene for the movie.
First off, the young cast members who portrayed The Losers Club in the first movie will return in the sequel. However, in the two years since they filmed IT, they've grown up quite a bit. As such, crazy as it may sound, the studio is employing de-aging technology, as we've seen in Captain Marvel with Samuel L. Jackson, and as seen in the recent trailer for The Irishman, to get the cast looking like they did the first time around. Here's what Andy Muschietti had to say about it in a recent interview.
"From the beginning, we knew that that would be part of the budget, the visual effects to address that. So we're going to de-age the kids."
The adult Losers will be played by James McAvoy Bill Denbrough, Jessica Chastain Beverly Marsh, Bill Hader Richie Tozier, Isaiah Mustafa Mike Hanlon, Jay Ryan Ben Hanscom, James Ransone Eddie Kaspbrak and Andy Bean Stanley Uris. Speaking further, Andy Muschietti explained that Stephen King, who wrote the novel these movies are based on, really responded to the first movie. King reached out to the filmmaker and requested "one all-new scene," be added, which King wrote.
"It was absolutely huge. For me, it would be unthinkable when I was 12 or 13."
Stephen King has had issues with certain adaptations of his work in the past. So the fact that he wrote a brand new scene for this is not only exciting, but telling. Last, but not least, the director was discussing the casting of Jessica Chastain as Beverly Marsh, who was a popular choice amongst fans that wound up coming true. Chastain worked with Andy Muschietti on his movie Mama, so the connective tissue was there. Muschetti explains that they began talking about her casting before Chapter One was even released.
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"It was even before releasing the first one. The [box-office] tracking was good, so we started talking about doing the second one before it was released, and, in a vaguely unofficial manner, we screened the movie to Jessica. She liked it and she was in immediately. She spilled her wine at one of the scares, so it was a success!"
In addition to the young cast members returning, Bill Skarsgard is also back as Pennywise. As far as we know, Skarsgard is going to look just as terrifying as he did last time around, without the need for de-aging technology. Just lots of makeup and a red balloon or two. IT Chapter Two is set to arrive in theaters on September 6 and presale tickets are available now. This news comes to us via Total Film Magazine.