Will we get a Pennywise spin-off movie? Maybe. Earlier this year we finally witnessed "The End of IT" with Mama writer-director Andy Muschietti's adaptation of Stephen King's IT: Chapter Two. But Pennywise might not be as dead as we were led to believe.
Today, we're hearing from IT and Annabelle Comes Home screenwriter Gary Dauberman that he thinks a spin-off is possible.
"I do think it's possible. Anything in the Stephen King Universe interests me but there's only so much of the story we could tell in the two movies. There are definitely elements of the novel you could expand on and make its own movie. It's just a question of whether or not people want to see it but I do think It was on this planet for a very, very, very long time and that's a lot of bloodshed and a lot of stories to tell and I think you could do that for sure."
Now I don't know about you guys but I would love to see Netflix, Hulu, or even HBO give the green light to a Limited Series called The Derry Interludes. This show could give us all the killer bits and pieces left out of King's massive novel for the sake of the running-time. These bits and pieces include The Fire at the Black Spot, the massacre of The Bradley Gang, the story of doomed little Eddie Corcoran, and the story of that crazy lumberjack chopping up the jam-packed tavern The Sleepy Silver Dollar. To name a few.
Now whether or not we get something like that remains to be seen. But IT and IT: Chapter Two were pretty massive hits at the box-office (as if you didn't know that). And I can only imagine that the powers that be behind the scenes of Warner Bros. and New Line would start doing that kooky Pennywise dance at the thought of getting to elongate the franchise.
But a more likely solution to Warner Bros and New Line's Pennywise-less future output is Dauberman and Muschietti joining forces again - with the blessing and possible contribution of King himself - and crafting a third entry in the official series IT: Chapter Three. I know, I know, there's no more book for a IT: Chapter Three. So what, I say. If HBO's Game of Thrones has taught us one thing it's quit while you're ahead. And if it taught us TWO things its that you don't need to sit on your hands and wait for the book's author to produce another entry, why you can just go ahead and fan-fiction yourself one right here and now.
And that's probably what's going to happen sooner rather than later. And that's not a bad thing. Imagine, Pennywise returns every 27 years. So if he returns in 2046 the Losers Club will be 67 some odd years old. And how cool would it be to see them kick Bill Skarsgard's eternally young ass one more time? Now before you shut the idea down and lock it away as silly, remember that 67 isn't THAT old. In fact with that age range, you could have a cast that potentially includes the likes of Liam Neeson, Jeff Goldblum, Kurt Russell , Michael Keaton, Mark Hamill, John Travolta, Pierce Brosnan, Bill Pullman, Dennis Quaid, John Goodman, Mickey Rourke, Stephen Lang, Tim Allen, Peter Stormare, and Ray Liotta. Not to mention the likes of Denzel Washington, Dennis Haysbert, and Tony Todd as old Mike Hanlon. And Mary Steenburgen, Kim Basinger, Jane Seymour, Cassandra Peterson, or Rene Russo for the role of old Beverly Marsh.
Can you imagine THAT cast battling Pennywise the Dancing Clown? Ah, music to my ears. Let's make it happen, Hollywood! In the meantime, this update comes to us from an interview Gary Dauberman recently held over at Comic Book Movie.