Acting as a sequel and final chapter to IT, based on the acclaimed novel of the same name penned by Steven King, IT Chapter Two has officially been given an R-rating. Exhibitor Relations Co. took to Twitter on Tuesday to confirm that yes, the upcoming Warner Bros. horror sequel will officially be rated R. The rating is reportedly due to “disturbing violent content and bloody images throughout, pervasive language, and some crude sexual material”.
To some who are even casually aware of the IT franchise, this might not be much of a surprise, especially after the debut of the film’s rather-bloody latest trailer last week. The “bloody images” of it all takes a completely different context now too, after star Jessica Chastain suggested that they push the limits of one particularly gory scene. “I was like, ‘No, if we’re going to do it, let’s do it.’” Chastain revealed during the film’s San Diego Comic-Con panel. “I love horror films, I love Carrie, and I said, ‘Let’s make Carrie on steroids.’ And that’s what we did and it literally tortured me because I didn’t realize that it would be that way the whole movie.”
The second and final chapter of Muschietti’s IT series will largely take place more than two decades after the first movie. While the child versions of the characters will still be present in flashbacks, the new movie stars older iterations of the entire cast, played by the likes of Jessica Chastain, James McAvoy, and Bill Hader.
IT Chapter Two hits theaters on September 6th.