IT Chapter Two screenwriter Gary Dauberman recently discussed the possibility of spin-offs after the sequel hits theaters. The first chapter is currently the highest grossing R-rated horror movie of all time and the sequel is one of the most anticipated movies of the year. So, there is certainly an interest there in further exploring the world of Derry and even Pennywise's backstory. But will the studio try to capitalize on the success and interest?
Gary Dauberman is doubtful that the studio will try and continue making IT movies after the release of the upcoming sequel. This is probably for the best since Stephen King's source material ends with IT Chapter 2. As for moving forward, Dauberman is pretty sure nobody at the studio is trying to put some spin-offs into development. He explains.
"I'm sure there's interest but I gotta say. We want to be respectful to the material of the book. I don't think anybody's over there, in fact I know there's no one over there going 'Hey, let's definitely do this and we could tell this story of what happened at the beaver trapping camp,' or whatever."
The origins of Pennywise would probably be welcomed by fans after IT Chapter 2, but it would have to include Stephen King. With that being said, it would be pretty surprising to see King go back and try to write more to the history of the demonic clown. The interest is there, but again, Gary Dauberman doesn't think it's the right thing to do, though he believes it could work. He had this to say.
"While you could (tell that story), and I think it would be cool, I don't think that's what people are doing currently if that makes sense. You know what I mean? So yes, to answer your question I think there is room to build on the mythology of It because It has been around from the beginning of time, but I don't know if there are any plans for it. I was just very happy to tackle the book."
IT Chapter 2 hits theaters in September and horror fans are hoping for a new trailer at this summer's San Diego Comic-Con, where director Andres Muschietti will be hosting this year's ScareDiego, which will kick off the annual event. It is believed the cast of the movie will be with the director and that they will unveil some new footage. We were recently treated to the first trailer and it was pretty intense.
While it doesn't look like IT Chapter 2 will spawn further movies down the line, it really doesn't need to. If Stephen King wanted us to know more about the dancing clown, he would have already written it a long time ago. The same can be said for any other spin-off stories, even though horror fans might be pretty interested in seeing further stories on the big or small screen. The interview with Gary Dauberman was originally conducted by Bloody Disgusting.