Looks like director Andy Muschietti is shaking things up behind the scenes of IT: Chapter 2 and replacing the original film’s production designer and cinematographer.
Yes, Collider reports that Oscar-winning The Shape of Water production designer Paul Austerberry will join the sequel team, after Claude Paré (X-Men: Dark Phoenix) served as production designer on the first movie.
Also, Checco Varese (The Strain, Hulu’s Locke & Key) will be the new film’s cinematographer, taking over for the original flick’s DP Chung-hoon Chung (The Handmaiden, Oldboy).
All of this makes sense as the new film is set to take on a different feel when compared to the original’s which was more about the magic of childhood. The sequel (like the book) should feel scarier and darker and overall more, you know, adult.
Production on the sequel begins this July with Jessica Chastain onboard to play Beverly, and Bill Hader and James McAvoy playing Richie and Bill. It hits theaters September 6, 2019.
A group of young faces their biggest fears when they seek answers to the disappearance of children in their hometown of Derry, Maine. They square off against an evil clown named Pennywise, whose history of murder and violence dates back for centuries.