The It: Chapter Two trailer has arrived, but let's consider the runtime.
What do we want from the It: Chapter Two runtime? The trailer dropped recently and fans of Andy Muschietti's It couldn't be happier with how the project is shaping. Many years into the future, we'll follow the Losers' Club back to the fictional town of Derry; why? Because Pennywise is back.
Bill Skarsgård did such a fantastic job as the antagonistic clown in the first film, and thankfully he's back to unleash terror in the sequel. New additions to the cast include the likes of Jessica Chastain (Molly's Game), James McAvoy (Glass), Bill Hader (Trainwreck) and more — these will portray the central characters as adults, although the trailer reveals that the stellar young cast also returns, likely in numerous flashbacks.
It's a solid trailer which puts expectations in place while also urging us to address questions. However, the main question we have at the moment regards the runtime. How long will It: Chapter Two be? The first film was 135 minutes, but there's arguably so much more content to work within this second half; already, there's the juggling of past and present.
A while back, there were reports that the film was almost three hours long, but this wasn't actually confirmed. Nevertheless, it is a strong possibility. In wake of Avengers: Endgame - a three-hour epic - audiences won't be deterred by such a lengthy runtime, if it's justified of course. Considering Stephen King's source material is a whopping 1,138 pages, there's every reason to believe that this sequel will near the three-hour mark.
The trailer teases a scope much grander than the first film, which was already over two hours long. As has been confirmed, Muschietti's overall vision for the story will take place over these two films; no potential for post-credits teasing it seems. It: Chapter Two definitely warrants a heftier runtime than its predecessor, so hopefully when it's announced, it doesn't underwhelm.
Although we got to know the Losers' Club back in 2017, being reacquainted with them so far into the future - as adults - will feel like getting to know them all over again. Things change, and that takes time to address. We've been patient for the trailer; let's hope audiences are patient with the film itself. It's sure to be a long one.
In other news, has Muschietti ditched that ending?
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