Cheers to all you lovers of Pennywise and The Losers Club because this summer, ‘It Chapter Two’ will run for 2 hours and 45 minutes. Director Andy Muschietti really made sure to include all the essence from Stephen King’s novel to the movie.
Back in September 2017, the first movie ran for 2 hours 15 minutes, so this is 30 minutes longer than the first one.
Muschietti insists that this long runtime is not something to be worried about. “A movie is very different when you’re writing the script and you’re building a story compared to what the final product is,” he explains.
He also revealed that 2 hours and 45 minutes is the result of a lot of editing and even so, he’s made sure the essence of the plot is not altered.
“At the beginning, when you’re writing and building the beats of the story, everything that you put in there seems very essential to the story. However, when you have the movie finally edited and it’s 4 hours long, you realize that some of the events and some of the beats can be easily lifted but the essence of the story remains intact.”
He also continued with something that many of us cannot agree with because we can never get enough of a really good movie. The materials gave Muschietti enough reasons to make a 7-hour-long movie (which simply means we need one break in between to enjoy).
“You cannot deliver a 4-hour movie because people will start to feel uncomfortable – no matter what they see – but we ended up having a movie that is 2 hours and 45 minutes, and the pacing is very good. Nobody who’s seen the movie has had any complaint.”
Fans cannot complain about the runtime. Some actually had preferred it be longer.
“I’d rather a movie be longer so everything can develop properly instead of shorter and trying to cram everything in or end up leaving important things out,” one pointed out.
“If the movie is good, it hardly matters. I’ve been to 89-minute films that were slow torture,” another said.
September 6 will be the day that the childhood friends face their nightmare enemy once again in Derry, Maine. And, well, don’t we all wish for spin-offs?