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  • The members of the Loser's Club from It (2017) were asked who they wanted to play their adult parts: Finn Wolfhard (Richie Tozier) said Bill Hader, Sophia Lillis (Beverly Marsh) said Jessica Chastain, Chosen Jacobs (Mike Hanlon) said Chadwick Boseman, Jack Dylan Grazer (Eddie Kaspbrak) said Jake Gyllenhaal, Wyatt Oleff (Stanley Uris) said Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Jeremy Ray Taylor (Ben Hanscom) said Chris Pratt and Jaeden Martell (Bill Denbrough) said Christian Bale. Bale turned down the Bill Denbrough role outright while Boseman was unavailable due to his Marvel-contractual obligations as Black Panther (2018). Wolfhard and Lillis's choices were the only two that ended up being cast. James McAvoy was recommended by Chastain in returning the favor of her being recommended by him to Simon Kinberg for the antagonist role of Vuk in their previous collaboration X-Men: Dark Phoenix (2019).
  • Released on Sep. 6th, 2019, almost two years after the release of It (2017).
  • According to insiders Den of Geek, the script was due to be finished in January 2018.
  • Although this movie is about the adults, the kids make appearances in several flashback scenes.
  • In an interview to promote Molly's Game (2017), Jessica Chastain expressed an interest in playing Beverly Marsh. During the filming of Chapter One, she emerged as the fan-favorite to play the older Bev with director Andy Muschietti, producer Barbara Muschietti and actress Sophia Lillis all going on record to say she would be their first choice too.
  • Continuing with the extreme coincidence of the number 27, this film was on September 6, 2019 (9+6+2+0+1+9 = 27). The 1st chapter It (2017) was released on September 8, 2017 (9+8+2+0+1+7 = 27). There's a 27 year age gap between Isaiah Mustafa (Mike Hanlon) and Chosen Jacobs (young Mike) as well as Teach Grant (Henry Bowers) and Nicholas Hamilton (young Henry).
  • Marlon Taylor, Jarred Blancard, and Brandon Crane from the 1990 miniseries had expressed interest in reprising their roles as Mike Hanlon, Henry Bowers, and Ben Hanscom, respectively. Though, Crane ends up making a cameo in this film as one of Ben's employees at his architect company.
  • Fans of the miniseries suggested the actors to make cameos into the movie, with the exceptions of Jonathan Brandis (Young Bill), John Ritter (Ben Hanscom), and Harry Anderson (Richie Tozier), as they've died.
  • This movie marks a reunion between Jessica Chastain, Bill Hader, James McAvoy and Jess Weixler. They previously starred in The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Him (2013), The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Her (2013) and The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them (2014), although Weixler didn't appear in "Him".
  • In April 2018, it was announced that Bill Hader had entered talks to play Richie Tozier. In the same week, Harry Anderson, who played the role in It (1990), had passed away.
  • This is the third Stephen King film adaptation released in 2019, following Pet Sematary (2019) and Doctor Sleep (2019). It (2017) was also the second-wide release Stephen King film adaptation in 2017 following The Dark Tower (2017).
  • Jessica Chastain, Bill Skarsgård and James McAvoy have starred in at least one X-Men movie. Chastain and McAvoy starred together in X-Men: Dark Phoenix (2019), marking this their third collaboration, and Skarsgård was in Deadpool 2 (2018), which also features a cameo from McAvoy as Professor X.
  • Second collaboration of actress Jessica Chastain, director Andy Muschietti, producer Barbara Muschietti and actor Javier Botet. All four worked previously on the horror movie Mama (2013). Chastain was the only one not to work with the other three on It (2017).
  • Filmed under the pseudonym "Largo."
  • James Ransone (Eddie) and Jeremy Ray Taylor (young Ben) share the same birthday: June 2nd.
  • Filming began on June 19, 2018, in Toronto, Canada, and officially wrapped on October 30, 2018.
  • Bill Hader was approached for the role of Richie Tozier based on Finn Wolfhard's wish to cast him in the sequel. Hader, who had never met Wolfhard, was extremely flattered that Wolfhard wanted him to take on the role.
  • One of Richie Tozier's character traits is his ability to do "voices" and impressions. Bill Hader is a well-known impressionist, famous for the celebrity impressions he did for years on Saturday Night Live (1975-). With this in mind, screenwriter Gary Dauberman wrote a scene in which Richie does an impression of Al Pacino, a voice that Hader is quite good at. However, Hader requested that the impression be removed from the script because the Pacino impression was old material and he didn't feel like doing it again.
  • The first photo of the new adult cast together was released by the official "It" Twitter account on July 2, 2018.
  • Jessica Chastain was considered for Beverly while the first film was still in production. She was also the first one to be officially cast.
  • Wyatt Oleff celebrated his fifteenth birthday on set.
  • Bill Skarsgård (Pennywise) has stated that he had more fun on set during this movie because he was actually able to talk to and hang out with his adult co-stars. Skarsgård had minimal contact with his child co-stars in Chapter One so that they would be more genuinely scared of Pennywise once they saw him. He also had to calm them down after each shot.
  • James McAvoy injured himself for real during his character's fight scenes with Pennywise, suffering a double thigh strain. At one point, McAvoy shared a picture on his Instagram page of bags of ice on his thighs.
  • Of the cast, only one pair of actors who portray the same character have the same hometown. The actors who portray Stanley Uris, Wyatt Oleff and Andy Bean, were both born and raised in Chicago, Illinois.
  • The film had a lengthy 86 day shoot.
  • Jessica Chastain and Jess Weixler, who portray Beverly and Audra, are real-life best friends.
  • Bill Hader was unaware that Bill Skarsgård can actually move his eyes in two different directions. Hader asked Skarsgård what kind of editing was done to achieve the effect in the first movie. Skarsgård, in full costume and makeup, responded by saying "Oh, you mean this?" and doing it, causing Hader to freak out.
  • The role of Richie Tozier in this film was written with Bill Hader in mind, but it still allowed freedom for another actor to potentially take on the role. Once Hader officially joined the cast, the script was edited to tailor the role specifically for his talents.
  • Idris Elba expressed interest in playing Mike prior to Isaiah Mustafa's casting. It would have been Elba's second Stephen King adaptation, following The Dark Tower (2017).
  • Bill Skarsgård stated in an interview that even after filming had wrapped, he would have nightmares of Pennywise. In these nightmares, he would have to battle Pennywise just as the characters in the film do.
  • Jess Weixler (Audra, Bill's wife) was pregnant during filming. Although Audra makes only a brief appearance in this movie, she plays a much larger and more crucial role in both the novel and the miniseries, It (1990).
  • Jay Ryan (Ben Hanscom) used to work as a clown before his acting career took off.
  • Xavier Dolan met director Andy Muschietti randomly and expressed interest about being in this film, having loved the first one. Dolan said "I'll do anything you want, be the door handle, the door knob, the curtain, whatever I can do in this film". He was later cast as Adrian Mellon.
  • Seth Green, who played the young Richie in the TV movie It (1990), expressed interest in playing the adult Richie in this film.
  • At 2 hours and 49 minutes, this film is 34 minutes longer than It (2017), which ran for 2 hours and 15 minutes. In total, both films have a combined running time of 5 hours and 4 minutes, which is over two hours longer than the original 1990 miniseries adaptation of Stephen King's novel.
  • The clown puppets that are swinging from the ceiling in the funhouse resemble Pennywise from the It (1990) miniseries.
  • Was filmed in Hawk Scope (anamorphic), unlike its predecessor, which was Filmed in Panavision (anamorphic).
  • Parents lobbied to have the movie poster banned/altered in Queensland, Australia, stating that it gave their children nightmares.
  • The young Losers Club actors were de-aged in the film, the first time ever in a horror film.
  • Stephen King calls the film not a sequel but the second half to It.
  • (Cameo) Brandon Crane: (young Ben from It (1990)) Employee at Ben's architect firm.
  • A license plate on the wall above the owner of the antique shop is "CQB 241" the same as the license plate in Christine (1983). The owner, who is played by Stephen King, the original author of both "Christine" and "It", also asks for $300 for the bike, the same amount that George LeBay initially offers to sell the car for.
  • (Cameo) Peter Bogdanovich: The director of the movie based on Bill's book.
  • During his cameo, Stephen King drinks from a Club Atlético Independiente branded mate (traditional Argentinian beverage). Director Andy Muschietti is a fan of the Argentine soccer team.
  • The clubhouse features a poster for The Lost Boys (1987). That film featured Kiefer Sutherland and Corey Feldman, who also appeared in another Stephen King adaptation, Stand by Me (1986).
  • Webby, portrayed by Jake Weary, targets and attacks Adrian, portrayed by Xavier Dolan, because he is gay. Weary not only plays a gay man in Animal Kingdom (2016), but his boyfriend's name is Adrian.
  • Brandon Crane, who played young Ben in the 90s TV movie, has a small cameo as the businessman on a video call to the current old Ben.
  • (Cameo) Stephen King: (author of the novel) Pawn Shop keeper where Bill buys his old bicycle.
  • In the arcade scenes set in 1989, Street Fighter and Mortal Kombat are seen. The latter was not released until the early 90's.
  • When adult Richie enters the abandoned theater, there is a shot where an old dilapidated You've Got Mail (1998) poster is behind him. If you look closely, the torn parts of the poster spell out "IT".
  • At one point, Richie makes a joke about Eddie's height to which Eddie responds, "I'm five-nine.". Which is true since James Ransone is five-nine. But Ransone isn't the smallest male Loser. That would be James McAvoy who is five-seven, making him the second smallest Loser. The first is Jessica Chastain rounding out the group at five-four.
  • Stephen King makes a cameo appearance as the Shopkeeper, which is a direct reference to his 1991 book and 1993 film Needful Things (1993).
  • (Director Cameo) Andy Muschietti: Customer at the pharmacy where adult Eddie picks up his prescription at Keene's pharmacy, background left-hand side of the screen.
  • In the opening scene, the gay couple taunts one of the thugs by comparing his haircut to Meg Ryan's. Ryan makes a cameo of sorts later in the movie, on an old poster of You've Got Mail (1998) in the abandoned theater.
  • The orderly who takes adult Henry Bowers (Teach Grant) to his room says that they need to increase Henry's dose of clozapine. Clozapine is an antipsychotic drug meant for patients with the most severe forms of schizophrenia, who do not respond to any other medication, which indicates how psychotic and delusional everyone thinks Henry is.
  • On the side of Mike's Native American artifact is a symbol of a circle with one large point and several smaller points. This represents the Dark Tower. Stephen King's Dark Tower series of novels connects a number of his works including It, The Shining, The Stand, Salem's Lot, Insomnia, and numerous others. The sixth book, Song of Susannah, implies that It is one of the six greater demon elementals. It's rival, the turtle Maturin, is one of the guardians of the tower's beams while It's mission is to destroy the beam.
  • This is the third and final monster movie of 2019 to feature a cast member of Stranger Things (2016) in a prominent role. The films being Hellboy (2019) with David Harbour, Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) with Millie Bobby Brown, and It Chapter Two (2019) with Finn Wolfhard.
  • In the novel, Eddie ponders that he may have married Myra because she reminded him of his mother. In this film adaptation, the same actress, Molly Atkinson, portrays both Myra Kaspbrak (Eddie's wife) as well as Sonia Kaspbrak (Eddie's mother).
  • (Cameo) Jason Fuchs: (co-producer) Richie's manager.
  • Finn Wolfhard (young Richie Tozier) filmed It Chapter Two (2019) and season 3 of Stranger Things (2016) at the same time. In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, he said it was tiring and stressful, but rewarding at the same time to shoot It Chapter Two (2019) during his off days from filming Stranger Things (2016) 3.
  • The first of two Stephen King sequels in 2019 by Warner Brothers. The second film is Doctor Sleep (2019). Interestingly, both feature a Scottish actor taking on the role of a grown-up version of a child from the last film. James McAvoy plays an adult Bill Denbrough, succeeding Jaeden Martell while Ewan McGregor succeeds Danny Lloyd as adult Danny Torrance.
  • In 2019, the film had the best opening weekend for an R rated movie with $92 million, until Joker (2019) beat its record with $96 million. Both films are distributed by Warner Brothers.
  • Jake Weary had previously starred in another horror film about a demonic entity and has the word, "it", in the title, It Follows (2014).
  • Similar to Freddy Krueger, Pennywise uses fear to terrorize and murder his victims. It can be whatever fear that person has. It's also noted that both characters use the personal insecurities and grief of their victims to make them more vulnerable and easier to kill.
  • Coincidentally, both actors who portrayed Pennywise, Tim Curry and Bill Skarsgård, have green eyes. Though Skarsgård's natural green eyes are never shown in this film and Chapter One, in the It (1990) miniseries, there are some scenes where you can see Curry's natural green eyes. Most notably in the iconic scene where he's luring Georgie.
  • Unlike the initial 5-hour make-up process for the first film, it took 2 and a half hours to apply the clown makeup on Bill Skarsgård for this film.
  • Due to the huge success of the first film and the immense anticipation of this film, the film was initially projected to earn about $130 million to $150 million in its opening weekend. However, due to circumstances such as the somewhat lukewarm word-of-mouth and the very long length of the film, the film opened at $92 million, a little over $30 million short of Chapter One's $123 million opening.
  • This is the second film starring Jack Dylan Grazer that was released in 2019. The first film is Shazam! (2019). Both films are distributed by Warner Brothers.
  • This is the second film starring Finn Wolfhard that was released in 2019. The first film is The Goldfinch (2019).
  • At 169 minutes it is the longest horror film given a wide theatrical release.
  • This is the second film starring Bill Skarsgård that was released in 2019. The first film is Villains (2019).
  • This is the third film starring James McAvoy that was released in 2019. The first two films are Glass (2019) and X-Men: Dark Phoenix (2019).
  • The fake blood that Jessica Chastain gets covered in was made of a thickening agent called methylcellulose and red dye.
  • Rodeo FX provided 397 visual effects shots for the film.
  • There were rumors at one point Bill Skarsgård would not be returning to play Pennywise in this film due to concerns that the role was negatively affecting his mental health. However, a week before the first film was released, Skarsgard confirmed that he was officially attached to the sequel and had already began meeting with director Andy Muschietti to discuss ideas for the character and the film.
  • Seven different visual effects companies provided the visual effects for this film. They are Atomic Arts, Method Studios, Rodeo FX, Lola VFX, Cubica VFX, Make VFX, and Soho VFX.
  • Due to his performance in It (2017) and this film, some people had suggested that Bill Skarsgård should play The Joker in Matt Reeves's The Batman (2021).
  • Producer Barbara Muschietti confirmed that Jessica Chastain was being considered for the role of adult Beverly. Sophia Lillis, who portrays young Beverly, also revealed that Chastain was her first choice in the role. In February 2018, Chastain was officially confirmed for the role.
  • The child actors and adult actors who portray The Losers Club became very close before, during, and after filming. In particular, Sophia Lillis and Jessica Chastain, both of whom portray Beverly Marsh, constantly bonded.
  • This film and its predecessor, It (2017), marks the second time a European actor portraying Pennywise. Tim Curry, who is British, portrayed the character in the 90s miniseries, and Bill Skarsgård, who is Swedish, portrayed the character in Chapter One and this film.
  • The first movie took place from October 1988 to September 1989. However, unlike the first film, this film didn't have any timestamps to let viewers know what month or year it was. However, knowing that Pennywise/It slumbers every 27 years and when The Losers last battled him, this film takes place in 2016. And judging by the carnival fair that arrived in Derry, the film takes place in either September or October 2016.
  • Pennywise's costume in the film and its predecessor is much more faithful to the description in the novel, in comparison to the Tim Curry costume in the 1990s TV miniseries, including his orange hair, and the orange pom-poms down his silver suit. The miniseries only included the orange pom-poms.
  • The casting for the adult Losers Club was overwhelmingly praised mainly due to the physical resemblances to the child actors. One of the issues that some people had with the It (1990) miniseries was that most of the adult actors looked nothing like the child actors.
  • Nicholas Hamilton, who portrays Henry Bowers in It (2017) and this film, has portrayed a minor character named Lucas Hanson in another Stephen King film adaptation, The Dark Tower (2017).
  • Director Andy Muschietti stated that he plans to make a super cut of Chapter One and this film that's similar to the 90s miniseries.
  • According to director Andy Muschietti, the film has over 4 hours of footage which had to be cut down to 2 hours and 49 minutes. Muschietti states that he plans to use the unused footage and scenes not yet filmed for a possible future film related to the "It" franchise.
  • This film is the fifth film released in 2019 that used de-aging technology. The other films are Captain Marvel (2019), Avengers: Endgame (2019), Gemini Man (2019), and The Irishman (2019).
  • The scene where Beverly is trying to escape from her old home as briefly glimpsed in the trailers, Pennywise is shown in his "human" form. This is the only time Bill Skarsgård is shown without the clown makeup on until he "smears" it onto his face in the scene by frightening Bev.
  • In the film, Eddie Kaspbrak is depicted as an insurance risk analyst. However, in the novel, he is depicted as a limousine company owner. There is a hint to the source material in the film related to this piece of information. When Eddie is on the phone with his wife, he gets the phone call from Mike Hanlon. During this call, he has a car accident. His Escalade clearly has a NYC "T&LC" (Taxi and Limousine Commission) license plate affixed to the front bumper.
  • It (alongside Randall Flagg) is regarded as the most evil and popular of Stephen King's villains and an immense icon in horror. In 2006, Wizard Magazine ranked It as the 15th Greatest Villain of All Time.
  • Contrary to the novel, in which the children's journey with Pennywise begins in 1958 and ends in 1985 as adults, the first film followed the initial encounter between The Losers Club and Pennywise in 1989 (thirty-one years after the initial encounter and four years after the final encounter between the club and Pennywise, respectively, in the novel), and this film sees their final encounter in 2016 (fifty-eight years after the initial encounter and thirty-five years after the final encounter between the club and Pennywise, respectively, in the novel).
  • With It (2017) and this film, Bill Skarsgård and Chosen Jacobs are among two of the actors from any Stephen King related films to star in Castle Rock (2018), a show based off of several novels in the King universe. The other actor that stars in the show is Sissy Spacek. Spacek starred in Carrie (1976), another film based on a well-known King novel.
  • Filming the Adrian Mellon sequence took place during salmon season, and six tons of dead fish had to be removed from the canal due to the stench.
  • Isaiah Mustafa, after auditioning multiple times for the role, was the last adult Loser to be cast.
  • Andy Bean (adult Stanley Uris) is Bill Skarsgård (Pennywise)'s close friend and was his guest at the premiere of It (2017), where Bean met director Andy Muschietti for the first time.
  • Jessica Chastain was the first person to be cast for this film.
  • Andy Muschietti has a background as a storyboard artist and commercial director, which makes him view every frame as precious.
  • The scene with the firefly is designed to mirror the first film's sewer scene with Georgie.
  • Isaiah Mustafa went through Stephen King's novel eight times before filming so he could fully understand the character, Mike Hanlon. Bill Hader, on the other hand, had read the book as a child and refused to re-read it, claiming that it was way too long.
  • Most of the young Losers had their body hair shaved and had to raise the pitch of their voices for the second film.
  • The young Losers attended the "IT" Experience in Hollywood as a group and were able to remain unnoticed by most of the fans in attendance.
  • When filming this film, Chosen Jacobs had to have wooden risers placed in his shoes because of how much the other Losers had grown.
  • Javier Botet, who appeared as the titular character in Mama (2013) and is a frequent collaborator with director Andy Muschietti, portrays both Mrs. Kersh (as the witch) and the Leper in this film.
  • The shooting date for Bill Hader's park scene was moved to accommodate a picnic that was also scheduled at the location.
  • James McAvoy is a massive Stephen King fan and has read most of his books.
  • Jaeden Martell only cries when doing foreign accents or when singing in a high pitch.
  • Unlike It (2017), Stephen King was more involved in the behind the scenes process of this film. King served as a consultant for the filmmakers and did a cameo.
  • Similar to the first film, this film has different tonal changes that perplex some people.
  • The teenage version of the pharmacist's daughter is played by Megan Charpentier, who costarred in "Mama" and also appeared in "IT."
  • Jack Dylan Grazer was 4'11" when filming It (2017). He was nearly 5'6" when filming this film.
  • James McAvoy and Jessica Chastain were working on X-Men: Dark Phoenix (2019) together when they discovered they were both top contenders for this film.
  • Andy Muschietti has filmed all of his feature productions in Toronto, Canada, and works with a lot of the same crew.
  • Weeks after the film's release, Jessica Chastain shared on her Instagram account a video of her in a kiddy pool pouring much of the fake blood onto herself. This was to make sure she would get used to the liquid formula, since gallons would end up being used. Chastain can be heard saying, "Oh my God, it's so disgusting!" on the video. She wrote in the caption of the video, "'Be an actress,' they said. 'It'll be glamorous,' they said." The song, "Only Time" by Enya can be heard in the video.
  • James Ransone is friends with Bill Skarsgård's brother, Alexander Skarsgård. James had known Bill since he was a teenager.
  • The adult Losers wear only one outfit each while they're in Derry, though 50-60 versions of the outfits were designed for the actors to wear throughout filming.
  • Chosen Jacobs and Isaiah Mustafa, who portray child Mike Hanlon and adult Mike Hanlon, respectively, are 27 years apart in age. Similarly, Nicholas Hamilton and Teach Grant, who portray teen Henry Bowers and adult Henry Bowers, respectively, are also 27 years apart in age.
  • When we first see adult Henry Bowers in the mental asylum, there is an episode of "Tom and Jerry" playing on a TV. It shows them chasing a piece of meat that was floating on water and ends up going down a sewer drain, very similar to Georgie's boat from the first film. This is most likely a reference to how Pennywise views the kids as food.
  • Second Stephen King adaptation to feature two X-Men cast members. James McAvoy and Jessica Chastain appear in X-Men: Dark Phoenix (2019). Ian McKellen and Bruce Davison appeared together in Apt Pupil (1998).
  • After Mike Hanlon takes the red balloon off the bush, you can see a faint silhouette of Pennywise on the brick bridge support as he walks past it.
  • About two years after the first film's success and a few months before this film's release, in July 2019, producer Larry Sanitsky, who produced the It (1990) miniseries, sued Warner Brothers for breach of contract over the prevention of involvement of the feature film adaptations of the "It" novel. Sanitsky and Frank Konigsberg bought the rights to the novel back in the late 80s before the miniseries was filmed. The lawsuit claimed that Sanitsky and Konigsberg subsequently signed a deal with Warner Brothers in ensuring that the pair would be involved in any remakes, sequels, or spin-offs, and the pair are owed $1 million in profit participation on the miniseries. The suit is pending.
  • The original Stephen King novel runs to 1128 pages.
  • The only time Pennywise is actually seen walking, instead of standing in one spot, leaping, or teleporting, is when he's taunting adult Richie and bitterly screaming at him, "Come back and play! Come back and play with the clown!" during the scene at the park.
  • This is the second horror movie to be released in 2019 featuring Jackson Robert Scott. The first being The Prodigy (2019) which was released February 08th, 2019.
  • This film uses the word "fuck" 108 times.
  • With Chapter One and this film, the It movie franchise has made over $1 billion worldwide, making it one of the most successful horror franchises of all time.
  • Director Andy Muschietti wanted director Guillermo del Toro to make a cameo appearance in this film. The cameo was supposed to take place during the flashback scene where Ben is running in the school hallways from Pennywise. del Toro was supposed to portray the janitor that Ben bumps into. Unfortunately, scheduling conflicts prevented it from happening.
  • In an interview on Good Morning America while promoting the film, Bill Skarsgård stated that at the start of filming, he would FaceTime with his then newborn daughter while wearing his Pennywise makeup. The audience gasped at this to which he assured them that she wasn't scared.
  • As opposed to being light silver in It (2017), Pennywise's suit is dark gray in this film. This is to show the 27 years since he'd last fought The Losers Club had gone by.
  • As the clown descends from Paul Bunyan's shoulder, he sings this song that is based on a song from the stop motion animated picture, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (1964), "We're a Couple of Misfits".
  • Pennywise has only seven minutes of dialogue in the entire film.
  • Similar to how the first film mostly took place in 1989 which is the same year that the It (1990) miniseries was filmed, this film takes place in 2016, which is the same year that the first film was filmed.
  • The film is the second highest-grossing Stephen King film adaptation behind It (2017).
  • According to screenwriter Gary Dauberman, the scene where Bill meets the shopkeeper and buys his old bike, Silver, at the Derry antique shop was written as sort of a gag. The script described the shopkeeper as "someone who looks a lot like Stephen King". Eventually, the filmmakers were able to get Stephen King to portray the shopkeeper.
  • About a month after this film's release and around the time of Joker (2019)'s release, James Corden did a skit involving Pennywise and The Joker on his show, The Late Late Show with James Corden (2015). The skit involves Corden along with Cedric the Entertainer, Max Greenfield, and Olivia Harewood as down-on-their-luck average clowns in a bar lamenting about how people are scared of clowns more than ever which resulted in them having a difficult time finding work. Then, Joaquin Phoenix's version of the Joker, portrayed by Seth Green, and Bill Skarsgård's version of Pennywise, portrayed by Pete Holmes, walk into the bar with two mimes and end up engaging in a conversation with the former group. The former group then openly blames them for the reason why people are frightened of clowns and shy away from them. This results in a hilarious fight outside of the bar. Green portrayed young Richie in the It (1990) miniseries.
  • New Kids on the Block is briefly referenced in this film and frequently referenced in It (2017). Two members of The Losers Club, Ben Hanscom and Beverly Marsh, are fans of the group. In real life, New Kids on the Block started out in 1984 when the members were young children and broke up in 1994. After over 14 years of being disbanded, now adults, the group reunited in 2008 and remained together. Similarly, this procession has happened with The Losers Club who reunited as adults after almost 28 years, from which the group started when they were young children.
  • The faded pattern underneath Dean's skateboard is the same design as the carpet of The Overlook Hotel in The Shining (1980), another Stephen King film adaptation.
  • During the bar scene at The Derry Townhouse where most of the Losers were staying, the bar is decorated with many miniature sailboats. This is a nod to Georgie's paper boat. The miniature boats resemble his paper boat in terms of style and color.
  • This is Finn Wolfhard's second horror film. The other horror films that Wolfhard starred in are It (2017) and The Turning (2020).
  • Bill Hader pulled a muscle in his groin while filming a scene where the Losers had to run, requiring him to get an MRI and for his stunt double to take over for the day.
  • In both the novel and this film, the store that Bill buys his old bike back from is called, 'Secondhand Rose, Secondhand Clothes'. This store is often featured in Stephen King stories, including "Insomnia" and "11/22/63".
  • A notable scene missing from the film that was glimpsed in the trailer is the scene where Pennywise is defying the laws of gravity when he jumps out of the air conditioner ventilator in the wall while someone looks on from below.
  • This film is the eighth Stephen King film adaptation distributed by Warner Brothers. The previous seven films are The Shining (1980), Creepshow (1982), Cujo (1983), The Green Mile (1999), Hearts in Atlantis (2001), Dreamcatcher (2003), and It (2017), respectively. The ninth film that follows is Doctor Sleep (2019).
  • Director Trademark: [use of slime and vomit] There are scenes involving creatures that are slimy and vomiting on one of the main characters, as in Mama (2013) and It (2017).
  • Amanda Seyfried, Gina Rodriguez, Jenny Slate, Awkwafina, Bryce Dallas Howard, Karen Gillan, and Anna Kendrick were considered for the role of Beverly "Bev" Marsh.
  • Sam Rockwell, Josh Gad, and Ed Helms were considered for the role of Richard "Richie" Tozier.
  • Don Cheadle, Craig Robinson, Will Smith, Michael B. Jordan, Taye Diggs, Donald Glover, Anthony Mackie, and Chadwick Boseman were considered for the role of Michael "Mike" Hanlon.
  • Steve Carell, Joel McHale, Jason Lee, Robert Downey Jr., Andy Samberg, Bill Hader (who portrayed Richie Tozier), David Cross, Ashton Kutcher, Will Ferrell, Sean Hayes, Seth Rogen, Seth Rogen, Keegan-Michael Key, Jack Black, Steve Buscemi, Chris Pratt, Louis C.K., and Patton Oswalt were considered for the role of Benjamin "Ben" Hanscom.
  • Steve Buscemi, Bill Hader (who portrayed Richie Tozier), and John Leguizamo were considered for the role of Edward "Eddie" Kaspbrak.
  • Will Forte, Jason Lee, Justin Long, Bill Hader, Patton Oswalt, and Jack Black were considered for the role of Stanley "Stan" Uris.
  • Dwayne Johnson, Chris Pratt, Ryan Reynolds, Russell Brand, James Corden, Zac Efron, Daniel Radcliffe, Matt Lucas, Ashton Kutcher, Will Ferrell, Sean Hayes, Danny DeVito, Seth Rogen, Eddie Izzard, and David Tennant were considered for the role of William "Bill" Denbrough.
  • Steve Carell, Joel McHale, Jason Lee, Robert Downey Jr., Andy Samberg, Bill Hader (who portrayed Richie Tozier), David Cross, Keegan-Michael Key, Jack Black, Steve Buscemi, Chris Pratt, Louis C.K., and Patton Oswalt were considered for the role of Benjamin "Ben" Hanscom.
  • Isaiah Mustafa had gotten married after he'd finally won the role of Mike Hanlon. After auditioning for the role several times, Mustafa was called back for a final audition 5 hours before he was to leave town for his wedding. His fiancee-now-wife understood the situation and he stayed behind to nail the audition before they headed to their destination a day later than expected.
  • Shortly after the film was released, Bloody Disgusting created a challenge that went viral called, #PennywiseSmileChallenge. This was inspired by Bill Skarsgård's appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert (2015), in which Skarsgård was promoting the film and teaching Colbert how to smile like Pennywise.
  • The film's cast includes one Oscar nominee: Jessica Chastain.
  • In an interview with Complex, James Ransone stated that he has a lot of tattoos which were the reason why his character, adult Eddie Kaspbrak, wore a jack throughout the film. Ransone wasn't willing to sit in the makeup chair every day to get the tattoos covered.

Spoilers

  • Henry Bowers' fate was left ambiguous in It (2017) after he was pushed down a well. It wasn't until Teach Grant was cast that the audience learned that Bowers survived the fall.
  • The Smokehole scene, which is in the book, was originally planned for the predecessor It (2017), but ultimately removed from the script as it was deemed too expensive. It was finally used in this sequel (albeit as a flashback).
  • A deleted scene from It (2017) revealed that Henry Bowers had killed his two remaining friends just before confronting the Losers' Club in the Neibolt house at the end (probably at the suggestion of Pennywise), which explains why they were absent from the rest of the film. This scene was rumored to be in this film, but it is not.
  • A recurring criticism about Stephen King's novels is his lack of inspiration for endings, even in otherwise well-acclaimed novels. This is repeatedly addressed in the movie, where Bill receives the same comments about his books (even from King in person).
  • The ending of the movie differs than the book, in that Pennywise is revealed to be a female spider in its most true form to humans and the Loser Club must destroy all the eggs that were laid because they're about to hatch.
  • Maturin The Turtle, one of the gate guardians of the Dark Tower is referenced again in Chapter 2. In the book, Maturin is the one that tells the kids how to perform the Ritual of Chüd to kill It.
  • The shop owner played by Stephen King is seen drinking mate (a typical Argentine infusion) from a cup that appears in the foreground in a couple of takes, which is decorated with the CAI (Club Atlético Independiente) football team colors and logo. Director Andy Muschietti is from Argentina, and a CAI supporter. The football team is known as "Los Diablos Rojos" (The Red Devils).
  • Eddie's death in the book was a bit more gruesome than in the film. In the book, It bites Eddie's arm off and tosses him aside. Eddie then dies of shock from pain and blood loss. In the film, when the Losers are standing around the very weakened Pennywise, Richie approaches and rips one of It's arms off.
  • Towards the end, Pennywise takes the form of the deceased Stanley Uris' head. The head soon grows insect-like legs and begins to crawl after them. This is an obvious homage to John Carpenter's The Thing (1982), especially apparent in the way that the creature is back-lit by their flashlights; upon seeing the spider-head creature, Richie even makes the same exclamation as the Palmer character does in The Thing. Carpenter previously directed the Stephen King adaptation Christine (1983).
  • During the final battle, Richie calls Pennywise a "sloppy bitch". This is a reference to an interview of Bill Hader on Conan (2010) (Hader revealed he would call his friend that when the friend would beat him at "Goldeneye").
  • In the book and TV movie, the line, "Beep, Beep Richie." was a way to tell Richie to stop talking. In Chapter One, this is only spoken by Pennywise, with no explanation. However due to fan outcry, it was added in a moment between Bev and Richie in Chapter Two.
  • The room where Bill is typing at the end of the film, when he gets the call from Mike, is the same room from Stand by Me (1986).
  • When Beverly (Jessica Chastain) is in the bathroom stall and the door is repeatedly busted open, young Henry Bowers pokes his head in and says, "Here's Johnny", exactly like Jack Torrance (Jack Nicholson) in The Shining (1980), another Stephen King adaptation.
  • When Richie (Bill Hader) sees the Stanley-spider, he says, "You've got to be kidding." In John Carpenter's The Thing (1982), a character says the same line reacting to a similar spider-head creature.
  • Near the end of the film, the character of Richie (Bill Hader) is revealed to be a closeted gay or possibly bisexual man when he re-carves the letters "R + E" into the same old fence that Young Richie (Finn Wolfhard) carved it into in the middle of the film. The "R" stands for Richie, and the "E" stands for Eddie (Jack Dylan Grazer/James Ransone). While some fans have interpreted Richie as gay or bisexual in the novel, Stephen King has said that he did not write him as such. But King has expressed approval of the film's change.
  • During the finale, Richie (Bill Hader) throws a stone at Pennywise in his original spider-like form, with little effect. In the finale of the miniseries It (1990), Beverly incapacitates Spider-It with relative ease, by catapulting a stone into its chest.
  • Stan's Bar Mitzvah scene was originally filmed for It (2017), but only brief shots from it were used in the film (the full scene was made available on the BluRay edition). The sequel contains the full scene as a flashback, but apparently with different takes used.
  • Near the end of the film, James McAvoy has a conversation with his younger self (actually Pennywise taking that form). This is not the first time that McAvoy meets a version of himself from another time period: in X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014), he speaks with his older self.
  • In the book, Bill's wife and Beverly's abusive husband make their own way to Derry, resulting in a more expansive story of It taking advantage of the three of them, and having Bill's wife look into the Dead Lights. This is left out of the movie, probably due to the running time.
  • Despite an apparent death in the novel, Pennywise has been seen or mentioned in the novels of The Tommyknockers (1993) (Tommy sees a "clown with shiny silver dollar eyes" in the sewers and hallucinates red balloons), Dreamcatcher (2003) (a plaque dedicated to the victims of a flood that occurred during the final battle is vandalized with "PENNYWISE LIVES"), and 11.22.63 (2016) (after Jake meets Richie and Bev after the childhood battle Pennywise taunts him about the time-portal).
  • A turtle can be spotted on the desk of Ben's classroom in his flashback sequence, a nod to Maturin the turtle from the book and rival of It.
  • A reference is made to the 1982 John Carpenter film, The Thing (1982) when Stanley's head mutates into a crablike creature. Coincidentally, Stanley's original adult actor from the 1990 miniseries, Richard Masur, made an appearance in Carpenter's film and this may be a nod to the actor himself.
  • In Henry Bowers' room at the psychiatric hospital, there are several pictures of the moon above Henry's bed. In the novel, Pennywise's face appears in the moon and communicates with Henry.
  • During a flashback to the underground club house, young Stanley offers young Richie a shower cap to keep spiders off his head, which Richie declines, claiming he is not afraid of spiders. Near the end of the movie, It takes the form of young Stanley's severed head, which sprouts spider legs and proceeds to drop down onto adult Richie's head.
  • The climax of the book and movie are much different. In the book, Mike is severely wounded after his encounter with Henry Bowers and unable to join the remaining Losers in the sewers for the final battle against Pennywise. Stanley Uris also dies without leaving a suicide note or sending a letter to the rest of the group. Also, the Losers do begin to forget their memories again after parting ways. Whereas in the movie, it's implied that they keep in contact with one another judging by the scene where Mike and Bill talk over the phone after the events.
  • 4500 gallons of fake blood were used in Beverly's toilet cubicle scene at the climax, a world record for a theatrical production.
  • Although given top billing, Andy Bean had less than five minutes of screen time including the closing speech (in letter form) to other Losers Club members.
  • Body Count: 8 (Including Pennywise)
  • During the scene where the little creatures come out of the fortune cookies and attack The Losers, Mike keeps saying, "This isn't real." He says this in a similar manner as Nancy did in A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) before Freddy Krueger busts through her door and attacks her during one of her dreams.
  • During one of the flashbacks concerning Ben in summer school, he is chased by Pennywise throughout the darkened school's hallways that have a huge light shining at the end of the halls. The scene looks strikingly similar to the beginning of A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) where Tina is running down a darkened hallway that has a huge light shining at the end of the hall.
  • The beginning of the film had upset many members of the LGBTQ community, due to a gay character ending up being brutally attacked by local teenagers and then brutally murdered by Pennywise. Some people have mentioned that the scene had happened in the original novel as well and it was meant to show how bad of a place Derry truly is. Also, not only did this scene appear in the novel, it was based on a true story. In 1984, Charlie Howard, a gay man, was killed by a group of teens in Bangor, ME. Howard was thrown off the State Street Bridge into the Kenduskeag Stream canal, where he drowned.
  • Like the first film, though this film has left out some things in the novel, there are things that occurred in the film that never happened in the novel. This include: * Henry Bowers specifically attacking Eddie by stabbing him in the face and in return, Eddie stabbing him in the chest in self-defense which didn't kill him. * Ben being an alcoholic. * The Losers searching for their tokens for the Ritual of Chud. * Bill trying and failing to protect Dean, the little boy who lived in his old house. * Unlike Mike killing Henry Bowers in self-defense in the novel and miniseries, in this film, it's Richie who kills him by fatally hacking him once in the head with an ax in order to save Mike. * Mike being with his friends when they defeated Pennywise and being the one who pulls his/Its heart out. * The revelation of Richie's sexuality being subtly revealed as either gay or bisexual, which Stephen King has admitted was never intended to be implicated from the book. * Stanley's posthumous letters to his friends in which it's revealed that his suicide was to actually give them a fighting chance at defeating Pennywise/It and asking them to live their lives to the fullest. * Mike leaving Derry. * The Losers retaining their memories.
  • Though this film along with its predecessor, It (2017), and the It (1990) miniseries are adaptations of the same novel, they have similar scenes that played out and arranged in different manners from one another as well as the novel. For instance: * In the miniseries, Mike is seen taking in all of the chaos concerning the death of the little girl before he makes a decision to call his friends. In this film, Mike is seen taking in all of the chaos concerning the death of the teenage boy before he makes a decision to call his friends. * In the miniseries, Stanley's suicide scene is presented as a bit more straightforward. The scene shows he wrote 'IT' on his wall in his blood before he dies. In this film, Stanley's suicide scene is presented as more emotional. He still writes 'IT' on his wall, but later, his last thoughts are shown as him thinking about his friends as he dies. * In the miniseries, Bill is the first to show up in Derry and meets up with Mike in the town's library. In this film, Bill is the first to show up in Derry and meets up with Mike, but this time, it's at the Chinese restaurant. * In the miniseries, after dinner, The Losers are hanging out in Mike's living space at the Derry library. When Mike opens the miniature refrigerator, Pennywise taunts them as Stan's disembodied head which angers them. Mike then slams the refrigerator door. In this film, The Losers go to the Neilbot house to face and defeat Pennywise once and for all. Bill, Richie, and Eddie ended up being trapped in the kitchen with Pennywise taunting them as Stan's disembodied head. * During the climactic ending in the miniseries, The Losers (Bill, Bev, Ben, and Richie) tackles Pennywise, who's in his actual form to the human which is a gigantic spider, and they rip Its heart out together somewhat off-screen. During the climactic scene in this movie, The Losers (Bill, Bev, Ben, Mike, and Richie) takes down Pennywise by taunting him and rendering him physically small, and Mike pulls his/Its heart out and he, along with his friends, squishes the heart.
  • At the end of the film, the Losers defeat Pennywise/It by overcoming their fears and ending up taunting and cursing out Pennywise/It out to reduce him/It to infant size. It feeds off of their fears and insecurities. This is somewhat similar to the ending of A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) in which Nancy overcomes her fears and curses out Freddy Krueger. When he tries to attack her, he ends up going right through her and disappearing. Freddy also feeds off of the fears and insecurities of his victims.
  • Throughout most of the film, Richie wears a dark yellow buttoned-down shirt with small red cross shapes. The shirt is similar looking to the shirt that Jesse wears during the iconic scene where he's dancing strangely and he and Lisa reading Nancy's misplaced diary in A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge (1985). Jesse's shirt was a light yellow buttoned-down shirt with large black cross shapes. This was pointed out by writer and producer B.J. Colangelo on Twitter. It was also noted that similarly, both characters' arcs involved the subtle revelation that they're closeted gay men which in return is used against them by Pennywise and Freddy Krueger, respectively. Furthermore, both this film and A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge (1985) are the second entries in their respective franchises.
  • In one of the flashback scenes where Ben is in summer school, he is chased by Pennywise throughout the school's hallways. He ends up hiding in one of the lockers and peaks through the slits to see if Pennywise was still out there searching for him. Some moments later, Pennywise is revealed to be in the locker with Ben which prompts him to run out of the locker while Pennywise taunts him as he dramatically exits the locker after him. This scene is similar to the scene in A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010), the remake of A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984), where Nancy is hiding from Freddy Krueger in her dream near the end of the film. Nancy ends up hiding in a closet and peaks through the slits. Unlike Ben not seeing Pennywise through the slits in this film, Nancy does see Freddy searching for her, turning toward the door, and walking right up to it before he disappears as she backs away. Then, a moment later, Freddy is revealed to be in the closet with Nancy which prompts her to nearly bust out through the closet door while Freddy grabs after her as he slowly exits the closet.
  • During the dinner scene at the Chinese restaurant, The Losers see the little creatures come out of the fortune cookies and are attacked by them. These creatures have baby-like faces and emit distorted sounds of infants crying. This symbolized the fact that none of The Losers went on to have any children of their own. The reason for that is most likely due to their shared childhood trauma of dealing with Pennywise among other traumatic situations (i.e. child abuse, bullying) and not being able to let go of that childhood trauma as they grew up.
  • For the final battle, Bill Skarsgård did motion capture performance.
  • The end of the novel leaves the fate of Pennywise ambiguous, and even the first line of the story hints that he may be still alive. However, author Stephen King has sworn to never write about Pennywise again, stating that the character is too scary, even for him.
  • It's most true form is bright orange lights, that exists in the "Macroverse," called Dead Lights. Seeing these will cause any human to go insane. They make brief appearances in Chapter One, when Pennywise opens his mouth while holding onto Bev, and in this film when he opens his mouth during the climax in an attempt to kill Richie.
  • In the first film, a balloon with "I Heart Derry" on it appears when Patrick Hockstetter meets his demise.
  • The death of Adrian Mellon is said to be one of the most disturbing scenes in the entire film.
  • In the novel, Audra (Bill's wife) is taken by Pennywise and left in a catatonic state, like Beverly in the first film.
  • In the novel, after the Losers defeat Pennywise, Bill is finally able to wake his wife, Audra, by taking her on a ride on his childhood bike, Silver.
  • In the novel, Beverly's husband follows her to Derry, seeking revenge for her leaving him, but dies when he sees Pennywise in his true form.
  • Like the first film, this film references A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child (1989) as one of the films playing at the Derry movie theater in 1989. This is shown during the flashback toward the end of the film where The Losers are walking their bikes home together after defeating Pennywise the first time. It's noted that both It (2017) and A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984), as well as their sequels and variations, share striking similarities in terms of concept, plot, and the main villain. These similarities involve a demonic child murderer with the ability to evoke fear through supernatural and psychological means, to manipulate or possess people, warp reality, shapeshifts in accordance to one's fears as well as the guises of lost loved ones, has superhuman strength, and mainly preys upon children and teenagers. Furthermore, in both cases, the eldritch antagonist exhibits an unpredictable and sadistic type of personality and enjoys engaging in sick and twisted humor. It's also noted that both horror properties share the theme of fear.
  • Mike is the only character who doesn't cry at the end of this film and the first film. This is because he has to be stronger than the other Losers.
  • There is a theory that Dean, the little boy whom Bill tried to protect from Pennywise, wasn't real but was actually Pennywise the entire time.
  • Mike Hanlon's parents don't die in a fire in King's novel.
  • A rivalry between Mike's father, Will, and Henry Bowers' father, Butch, ignites the conflict between the two boys.
  • In the novel, Mike's father talks about a time he narrowly escaped a fire at The Black Spot, a nightclub frequented by African American soldiers. The club was burned down by a group of white supremacists.
  • The turtle and clown are opposing forces, good versus evil.
  • In the novel, Maturin advises the Losers to perform the Ritual of Chüd to defeat Pennywise. The ritual is a psychic battle in which two entities duel and harness the supernatural abilities of silver to destroy It.
  • Judging by some of his scenes, it's implied that Ben may be an alcoholic. This is due to his loneliness and constant pining over Beverly. Despite eventually ending up in a relationship with Beverly in the end, he's still seen drinking which could potentially cause some problems between them if he doesn't quit.
  • IT's true Earthly physical form is that of a giant spider. Outside of our human universe, IT exists as a mass of lights called the Deadlights.
  • When IT is defeated in the novel, the entire town of Derry is destroyed, implying that not only does IT reside in the town, IT IS the town.
  • Despite not being part of the description for the film's R rating from the MPAA, nudity is also present in the film. The scenes that showcase this are adult Stanley getting into the bathtub and adult Beverly being chased by It in the form of a grotesque creature in her old home. Albeit, the nudity varies in both scenes.
  • After Adrien Mellon is killed and Mike is on the bridge you can see Don, Adrien's boyfriend, sitting by an ambulance and you can just hear him tell a police officer, "It was a fucking clown!" This is a reference to the police interrogation scene in the book how the police officer got him to leave the clown out of his statement.
  • Around 1 hr 16 mins 30 secs, Pennywise sings a song for Richie implying that he knows his dirty, little secret. This could be a reference to the fact that Pennywise knows that Richie is gay or bisexual as it is shown that he loved Eddie near the end.
  • During his phone call with Mike at the end of the film (2hr 39mins), Bill mentions that he's just finished the first chapter of a new book. Looking closely you can see that it's actually an excerpt from the novel IT. Specifically, chapter 16 'Eddie's Big Break.'
  • At the dinner scene, each of The Losers receives a different singular word when they open their fortune cookies, spelling out the message Guess Stanley Could Not Cut It. Eddie is Could, Richie is Guess, Mike is It, Beverly is Stanley, leaving Not and Cut, but between Bill and Ben it's unclear who receives which word due to the different camera angles.
  • According to Bill Skarsgård, there was an unnerving deleted scene involving Pennywise terrorizing a young mother in the 17th century. He states, "There was a scene we shot that was a flashback from the 1600s, before Pennywise [was Pennywise]. The scene turned out really, really disturbing. And I'm not the clown. I look more like myself." He goes on to say, "It's very disturbing, and sort of a backstory for what It is, or where Pennywise came from." Timothy Simons, who auditioned for the role of Pennywise, confirmed this a few weeks after Skarsgard's revelation in an interview on a podcast called Throwing Shade. Simons states that he read in the script that the scene requires the character to threaten to kill a young woman and her entire family if she doesn't hand over her baby for feasting. He says, "It was [Pennywise] way back at the beginning of Derry, convincing a woman to give him her baby to eat. It was scary. The thing that was scariest about it was that it was very direct. It was, 'If you don't do this, these are the things that I'm going to do.' And they were all terrible." Interestingly, one of the podcasts' hosts, Bryan Safi, had also auditioned for the role of Pennywise and has stated that he still has a copy of the script in which a similar scene is present. The scene is one of the several scenes shot for It (2017), yet ultimately not used. It was speculated that the scene would show up in this film but it never occurred. It remains to be seen if the scene ever shows up in future editions of any of the two It movies, in a combined cut of both films, or a possible future sequel.
  • One of the scenes from the original novel that never made it to either the miniseries or any of the films is the death of a local Derry boy named Eddie Corcoran. The scene involves the boy running away from home due to his abusive stepfather, getting caught up in a storm, and Pennywise terrorizing him in the form of his deceased brother and ultimately killing him as a sea creature by ripping his head off. Readers have stated that this is one of the most disturbing scenes in the book due to how drawn out it is and the sense of dread that Eddie felt the whole time. Some readers even stated that this scene is scarier than Georgie's death scene.
  • Even though this never happens in the film due to Audra's subplot being removed, during the final battle between The Losers Club and Pennywise/It in the novel, Pennywise actually begs for his life and specifically bargains with Bill, stating that he'll give him his wife back and grant him eternal life. Bill rejects this and proceeds to kill him.
  • Although Jessica Chastain receives top billing and was the first of the adult Losers to be cast, she's actually the last one to be introduced in the film.
  • Georgie is only seen in this film for two minutes which is toward the end of the film.
  • At the end of the film, Bill is seen working on his latest novel. The paragraph he'd written says: "Maybe there aren't any such things as good friends or bad friends - there are just friends, people who stand by you when you're hurt and who help you feel not so lonely. Maybe they're always worth being scared for, and hoping for, and living for. Maybe worth dying for too, if that's what has to be. No good friends. No bad friends. Only people you want, need to be with; people who build their houses in your heart." These words are taken directly from Eddie's thoughts in the original novel. In the film, Bill writing these words show that after all of the traumatic events he and his friends went through, he values their friendship.
  • Toward the end of the film, the surviving Losers, after defeating Pennywise, escaped the collapsing Neilbot House. The house collapsed in a similar manner to Carrie White's house at the end of Carrie (1976), another film based off of a Stephen King novel.
  • The scene where Beverly defends herself from and physically defeats her abusive husband, Tom, mirrors the scene in It (2017) where she had to defend herself from and physically defeat her abusive father. In both scenes, she ultimately had to hit her abuser hard in the head with a large object in self-defense which rendered him powerless. In the novel, Beverly, both as a child and as an adult, had continuously endured abuse and didn't and couldn't defend herself but simply got away when she could. Whereas, in the films and to a certain extent, the It (1990) miniseries, she fought back when necessary and succeeded.
  • In the scene where Mike is waiting for the others in the library a book falls off the shelf. Mike sees an old newspaper article about the fire that killed his parents and a photograph of a house burning. In the picture the flames form the letters IT.
  • During the "I Know Your Secret" scene at the park where Pennywise is taunting Richie and then bitterly screams, "Come back and play! Come back and play with the clown!" when Richie runs away from him, Pennywise's face becomes slightly distorted with his eyes warping apart on his face. This distortion of Pennywise/It's features is similar to one of his forms that he took on to scare Stanley in It (2017), Judith the Flute Lady.
  • Director Andy Muschietti originally envisioned Mike in this film as a drug addict. He describes Mike as being a "wreck" once he calls his friends to alert them that Pennywise had returned. However, after some consideration and the backlash due to the character's race, that idea was scrapped.
  • In this film, Jessica Chastain plays an implied incest victim. In her earlier film, Crimson Peak (2015), she plays a character in a consensual incestuous relationship.
  • One of the reoccurring themes of this film is one concerning Bill's career as a writer and how people don't like the endings of his stories. This is a meta-reference to Stephen King and how fans sometimes don't like the endings of his novels. Most notably, in the scene where Bill buys his old bike back, the shopkeeper, portrayed by King himself, points this out. Ironically, since the film's release, as with the ending of the It (1990) miniseries, some people have stated that they didn't like the ending of this film.
  • During the end of the movie when Bill is reading Stan's letter to the Losers. Stan writes that "if you're a Loser than you have nothing to loose." It's a misspelling. It should be "lose" instead of "loose."
  • During Pennywise's death scene, Bill Skarsgård was fully immersed into the section of the set and had the prosthetic head of his costume stapled into the set pieces.
  • While the final battle with Pennywise is done with lots of CGI, Bill Skarsgård was present on set, using a microphone to provide his lines for the actors to react to.
  • Behind the scenes footage of Pennywise chasing the Losers through the sewer lair show that a crew member had to run behind the cast with a giant cardboard cutout of Pennywise's head on a stick in order to give the actors a correct eyeline.
  • This film is the eleventh Stephen King film adaptation that has shown nudity in some manner. Curiously, the MPAA didn't state this as part of their R rated description for the film. The first ten King film adaptations that present nudity of any form are Carrie (1976), The Shining (1980), The Dead Zone (1983), Creepshow 2 (1987), The Shawshank Redemption (1994), Thinner (1996), Apt Pupil (1998), The Green Mile (1999), Dreamcatcher (2003), and Riding the Bullet (2004), respectively. In the Tall Grass (2019) and Doctor Sleep (2019), respectively, follow this film as the twelfth and thirteenth adaptations.
  • Though it's somewhat left ambiguous in the first film and this film, Beverly's father is implied to have died from the self-defensive blow she gave him on his head. It's unclear whether he died instantly judging from the amount of blood he lost when Bill discovered him lying motionless on the bathroom floor in It (2017) or he eventually died from the injury some point afterward. This would be the obvious reason as to why Beverly ended up moving out of Derry and went to live with her aunt. In this film, when Beverly visits her childhood home, the old woman, Mrs. Kersch, informs her that her father had died as if he recently passed. However, since Mrs. Kersch is Pennywise in disguise, the statement can't be counted upon. This is because first, Pennywise is deceptive by nature and second, due to the logistics of how Mr. Marsh sustained the head injury from being hit by a heavy glass tank cover from a toilet and not getting immediate medical attention to treat the injury and stop the bleeding, his injury became a fatal concussion.
  • The last scene that was shot was when Pennywise was taunting Ben, during one of his illusions at the end of the film, and shutting the door of The Loser's clubhouse on him.
  • When Pennywise sings, "I Know Your Secret" during the park scene, the way he/It sings the song is in a very angry, bitter manner. His behavior afterward when Richie runs away from him further showcases this. This shows that despite his playful behavior, Pennywise harbors resentment towards Richie and his friends after defeating him years later.
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