Opening in theaters nationwide today, It is riding a wave of acclaim from both critics and moviegoers who have attended advance screenings. One of those advance viewers is Dwayne Johnson, who shared his reaction on social media.
?? I saw this movie two months ago and it instantly became one of my all time favorites. Easily TOP 10 all time. Not only does it redefine the horror genre, but it's so layered, smart and brilliantly scary. Congrats to the awesome young cast aka The Losers Club for killing their performances. To Bill Skarsgard for delivering an iconic performance as Pennywise. And to the entire crew and my good buds at Warner Bros/New Line. And most of all congrats to director, Andy Muschietti for making such a defining film. You knocked it outta the f*cking park! Great talking with you man and we're gonna have some fun working together down the road. As a huge fan of the horror genre, this one's special. Have you fully recovered @simonegjohnson? ?? #IT Congrats David Katzenberg you handsome MF!
Note that Johnson refers to director Andy Muschietti and states: "Great talking with you man and we're gonna have some fun working together down the road." What is Johnson talking about? Frankly, we don't know yet, but it could be simply a matter of the two men discovering that they share similar sensibilities and hoping they can work together on a project some day. For now, Muschietti will likely be focusing on the inevitable sequel to It.
The sequel has not been officially announced yet -- that will likely come soon after the box office totals are released this weekend -- but Variety reports that writer Gary Dauberman has been hired to begin work on the screenplay.
Dauberman's credits include Annabelle, Annabelle: Creation and the upcoming The Nun, which indicates he's skilled at working with characters created by others and making them his own, as well as coming up with horrifying, believable situations for those characters to face. So he's a solid pick to adapt the portion of Stephen King's original novel that remains to be told on the big screen.
In the novel, King alternated between two time periods in which the supernatural entity that takes the form of a clown known as Pennywise stalks the children of Derry, Maine. It the movie covers the first time period and it's expected that the sequel will pick up the story 27 years later, when all the characters are adults.
Producers Seth Grahame Smith and David Katzenberg told Collider that the script has been worked on for a while: "We obviously want to be ready when we get the word. … We don’t [want to] waste any time, we want to jump right into it when we get the word. But we haven’t gotten the word yet."
One further point about It is that the end titles suggest that it's the conclusion of a chapter of storytelling, suggesting that the sequel may be titled It: Chapter Two. We expect confirmation of all these plans very soon.