'It' Sequel Moves Forward After Big Opening Night

Following one of the worst summers in years, the box office is getting a much-needed jolt with New Line's adaptation of Stephen King's It. Boosted by strong early reviews, the film opened to $13.5M in late Thursday night previews and an estimated $60M weekend. So you can bet we're going to get the rest of The Losers Club's fight with Pennywise.

Andy Muschietti's film only captured the first half of King's novel, with the second half taking place 27 years later. New Line and Warner Bros. have hired Gary Dauberman, who co-wrote the current movie alongside Cary Fukunaga (who was initially supposed to direct) and Chase Palmer, to begin work on part two's screenplay.

We should see a new round of casting as the kid characters will now be adults, although Bill Skarsgard will likely don the clown makeup as Pennywise one more time. Muschietti isn't locked to return as director yet, which is surprising, but I imagine they'll be beating down his door very soon. [THR]