LONDON – Two years after taking the movie ticket offices by storm, Pennywise the evil clown has returned to the US town of Derry to torment the Losers’ Club in “It Chapter Two,” the second installment in the adaption of Stephen King’s novel that promises to be more intense than the 2017 movie.
This is what director Andy Muschietti told Efe in an interview in London, alongside Jessica Chastain and James McAvoy, who are part of the cast in the horror movie that opens in cinemas on 6 September.
The second film tells the story of a group of friends who after 27 years meet again to face the macabre clown, played by Bill Skarsgård, and challenge the fears of the past that still haunt the characters.
With more elaborate post-production and scenes seeking to woo viewers, Muschietti told Efe that “everything that happens in the first movie is a little more intense and magnified in the second.”
The Argentinian director said the new movie allowed him to “evolve” as a director and that the second time around he was more receptive to improvising.
There are flashbacks to the first chapter all the way through the movie, which saw Muschietti relying on the cast of the first installment, which sparked a “hard” search for the right actors to play the adult versions of each of the characters.
“In Jessica and James’ case is wasn’t difficult, I was thinking of them since the start and I was really pleased they wanted to be in the movie, it’s something that doesn’t happen a lot in Hollywood,” he said.
Besides Chastain and McAvoy, Bill Hader plays Richie Tozier and James Ransone takes on Eddie Kaspbrak, whose roles bring moments of humor to the work.
Taking about his direction work, Muschietti said it was easier to direct children: “For them acting is playing, adult actors are more rational, they have more worries and that takes a little more time, but that’s the work of a director, giving them security.”
Chastain and McAvoy, who play Beverly and Bill, both expressed their excitement over being involved in the second film.
“I loved the first film and I loved the way Beverly was played by Sophia, the way that Andy allowed her to be so fearless,” said Chastain. “I was really excited to see her journey into the second film.”
“It” received positive reviews in 2017 for going beyond moments of suspense and shock thanks to its plot and the performances of the actors.
McAvoy considered the movie “very much not just like a horror film, but almost like a ‘Stand by me’ coming-of-age movie as well which has elevated it for me way beyond just like a scare-fest.”
Chastain said watching Sophie Lillis’ work as young Beverly made her feel like she was watching “a home video of my childhood.”
The excitement and tension of this new thriller arrives to cinemas Friday and will reveal whether the Losers’ Club is finally able to defeat the evil Pennywise.