CinemaCon is a film nerds heaven. It’s where we go to be critics. This year’s CinemaCon festivities including some of the most exciting moments like the debut trailer for Joaquin Phoenix’s portrayal of ‘The Joker’ and a new spy movie from Dave Bautista called ‘My Spy’, along with Helen Mirren telling Netflix to shove it elsewhere.
Nevertheless, CinemaCon also gave us the first glimpse at the return of Pennywise. If you don’t remember him, he’s the creepy-looking clown that was all over social media in memes, gifs and many other internet-y things. Now, we’ve gotten our first look at the sequel to ‘IT’ with ‘Chapter Two’. Per THR:
Then, the lights went down and the first footage from the film unspooled, with the director noting nobody outside of the studio had seen anything from it. It begins with an extended scene as Beverly goes back to her childhood apartment in Derry, looking for her father. An older lady answers the door, telling Beverly her father passed away. The woman invites her to come in and have something to drink. She looks around the apartment, and finds a postcard she was given by Ben as a young girl, smiling as she reads the inscription: “Your hair is winter fire, January embers.” What Beverly doesn’t notice is the older woman is taken by an unseen force, and then reappears, presumably taken over by Pennywise. “It’s so hot you feel like you could die,” the woman says. “You know what they say about Derry? No one who dies here ever really dies.” Then there’s a long pause, as the conversation gets creepier and creepier. The woman reveals a sore on her chest. Beverly looks at a family photo from the old woman, who tells her the father used to work at the circus. She’s startled to notice the picture has a human-looking version of Pennywise’s face – and soon the woman, naked, is chasing her. After the extended scene, there are a lot of shots, including Pennywise floating over a carnival with red balloons and the adult versions of the Losers Club assembling.
The first IT movie debut in 2017 and made over $700 million worldwide, making it the #1 horror movie of all time. The Sequel which hits theatres September 6th and stars the likes of Bill Hader, Jessica Chastain & James McAvoy will have much higher expectations.