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The Official Runtime For IT Has Been Released

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The original “IT” miniseries in the early 90’s ran for around three hours, if you calculated for both parts. Given that each entry was about 90 minutes, it was no surprise that many thought the upcoming adaptation by Andy Muschietti might only get 90 minutes. However, per the BBFC, the runtime has been revealed and IT will be approximately 2 hours and 15 minutes, a full 45 minutes longer than either part of the miniseries.

That means the story will have more time to flesh itself out, more events from the book can take place, and more scares, terror, and Pennywise!

Related Story: Interview: Bill Skarsgård on Becoming Pennywise in Stephen King’s IT

Now, does this mean that the second film will have a similar runtime, should it be officially green-lit? That really depends on how this movie performs. If it does well at the box office, I highly doubt anyone will balk at another 2+ hour film, especially since it continues the story that we’ve already been introduced to. But if the film doesn’t do well and critics make note that the runtime is more of a flaw than an asset, the sequel’s script may very well require a trimming.

That being said, let’s not speculate on any what-ifs, alright? Let’s just rejoice that a horror film shattered trailer view records and is considered one of the most anticipated films of the year, regardless of genre!

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Stephen King’s IT has been rated R for “violence/horror, bloody images, and for language.

Jaeden Lieberher, Finn Wolfhard, Nicholas Hamilton, Jack Dylan Grazer, Wyatt Oleff, Chosen Jacobs, Jeremy Ray Taylor, and Sophia Lillis star with Bill Skarsgard, who portrays Pennywise. In addition, creature performer Javier Botet has signed on as The Leper, and Owen Teague plays Patrick Hocksetter, part of a group of bullies who torment The Losers’ Club.

IT hits theaters on September 8th. Andrés Muschietti directs.

The behind-the-scenes creative team includes director of photography Chung-Hoon Chung (Me and Earl and the Dying Girl), production designer Claude Paré (Rise of the Planet of the Apes), editor Jason Ballantine (The Great Gatsby), and costume designer Janie Bryant (“Mad Men”).

Synopsis:
When children begin to disappear in the town of Derry, Maine, a group of young kids are faced with their biggest fears when they square off against an evil clown named Pennywise, whose history of murder and violence dates back for centuries.

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