‘Hustlers’ Boogies To $28M Opening, Set To Be Record Start For STX & Jennifer Lopez Live-Action Fare

That is 6% ahead of previous installment London Has Fallen, which finaled stateside with $62.5M. In second on Thursday was Millennium/Lionsgate's Angel Has Fallen with $515,000, -8% at 3,229 for a third week of $8.5M and a running total of $56M.
EPs are Adam Fogelson, Robert Simonds, Pamela Thur, Alex Brown and Megan Ellison. Anything over $23.1M this weekend for Hustlers reps a live-action opening record for Lopez, besting her 2005 high Monster in Law, and anything over $23.8M is a record opening for STX, which is greatly in need of a hit after the UglyDolls debacle. Hustlers is produced by Jessica Elbaum, Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas, Jennifer Lopez, Benny Medina, Will Ferrell and Adam McKay.
The Andy Muschietti-directed sequel is expected to lead the box office with a second weekend around $36M, down 60%. Yesterday in regular release, New Line's It Chapter Two led all pics with $4M, -12% from Wednesday, for a first week of $113.1M, pacing 29% behind the first week of Chapter One which made $158.7M.
PREVIOUSLY, Friday 6:56 AM: STXfilms' Hustlers, as anticipated, is off to a fantastic start for the weekend with $2.5 million. That's a figure that's higher than Universal's Girls Trip ($1.7M), STX's Bad Moms ($2M) and Paramount's Rocketman ($2.3M).
Wu plays Destiny, who tells the story of how she becomes the protege of Lopez's Ramona, who eventually hatches a plan for Scores strippers to take down their Wall Street clients.
However the same success can't be said of Warner Bros' drama The Goldfinch, which is just simply not flying with a Friday of $1.35M and a three-day of $4.1M, a complete disaster. New Line's It Chapter Two at this point in time looks to be holding a bit better than expected with a second weekend of $41M in first place, down 55%, for a running 10-day total of $154M.
Even if grosses fall back to $26M, which is where some conservative projections lie, Hustlers will still be an opening record for STX and Lopez. The Friday total, including last night's $2.5M, looks to be around $11M according to industry estimates.
The project was passed over by Annapurna roughly a year ago with STX taking a shot at the feature adaptation of the New York magazine article "The Hustlers at Scores" by Jessica Pressler, with Lorene Scafaria writing and directing. Hustlers plays in 3,250 theaters today.
UPDATED, Friday midday: STX's Hustlers is poised to rake in a $28 million opening in second place overall for the weekend frame, a total that will easily be an opening record for STXfilms in the wake of Bad Moms ($23.8M) as well as Jennifer Lopez's live-action pics. Hustlers is also an opening record for Constance Wu, higher than her Crazy Rich Asians ($26.5M three-day total, even though a five-day opening).
The Toronto Film Festival is a launchpad where films can either prime themselves for great riches or completely explode. What can we say? Stripper pics are easy at the B.O., orphan dramas are hard. Warners didn't hold any previews last night for Goldfinch.” /> That latter Warner Bros pic, based on the Donna Tartt bestseller, is unfortunately expected to die this weekend with a mid-single-digit gross, not enough for its $45M production before P&A. Hustlers had no problems with critics at TIFF, who loved it with a 95% fresh score, while they shot down John Crowley's The Goldfinch at 29% Rotten.
Advance ticket sales for Hustlers is huge. Older females plan their trips to the cinema, so it stands to reason that this pic, which has exploded on social media, would be a hot ticket. Yesterday, Hustlers was the top-selling title on Fandango, beating It Chapter Two and The Goldfinch, repping more than 30% of all tickets sold on the movie ticket service.
Those who loved the film the most last night included females under 25 (91% positive), the under 25 set (87%), 45-54 demo (88%) and African Americans (84%). Comscore/Screen Engine exits last night for Hustlers show 3 1/2 stars and a 50% definite recommend. Females over 25 repped 51% of the audience, males over 25 were 25%, with females under 25 at 15% and guys under 25 at 9%. Diversity breakdown was 42% Caucasian, 23% Hispanic, 23% African American and 6% Asian.
The Jennifer Lopez-Constance Wu-Lili Reinhart pic, which was made for $20.7M before P&A, is expected to make at least $20M this weekend, with tracking and others betting Hustlers' dance ends between $25M-$30M.

DC Universe Brings ‘Titans’, ‘Doom Patrol’, ‘Harley Quinn’ And More To Comic-Con

To add to the highly-anticipated animated series Harley Quinn, there will be a special booth activation that immerses fans inside the comically twisted world of the new series with an Arkham interactive tour.
The DC Universe will have a presence throughout the confab and will offer up unique experiences for DC Universe memberships such as exclusive signings, screenings and private gatherings. This includes an exclusive screening to the premiere of DC Spotlight: Shazam, a behind-the-scenes documentary of the New Line film released earlier this year as well as VIP tickets to attend Batman’s induction into the Comic-Con Museum Hall of Fame.
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The DC Universe will take over San Diego Comic-Con with a robust lineup of fan events and panels that include a showcase of their original series Titans, Doom Patrol, Young Justice: Outsiders and the upcoming adult-animated comedy series Harley Quinn.
The panels will include stars and creators from their original series and serve up some sneak peeks, first looks, exclusive screenings and, true to Comic-Con form, breaking news that will make everyone go wild. All of this will take place at a two-hour DC Universe event Saturday, July 20 starting at 7 pm in the Indigo Ballroom at the Hilton Bayfront. Fans of DC Daily, the news program for all things DC, can attend a panel featuring the show’s hosts on Friday, July 19 from 10 am in Room 9.

Sony Joins Warner Bros.’ DC & Universal In Skipping San Diego Comic-Con 2019

During the opening weekend of Sony's Salt back in July 2010, Angelina Jolie even put in an appearance at SDCC. In 2016, the studio screened both Sausage Party and Don't Breathe at the fanboy convention which were both August hits that summer. Last year, they had big panels for Venom and Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (which combined made $1.23 billion at the WW box office). Like other rivals who are staying out of San Diego this July, we understand that Sony could conceivably be back in the future.
EXCLUSIVE: We hear that Sony will be sitting out San Diego Comic-Con much in the way that Universal is doing so this year as well as Warner Bros. with their DC film slate.
15), The Grudge (Jan. 28) and farther out Marvel's Morbius (July 31, 2020). Essentially, with Spider-Man: Far From Home opening on Tuesday and Quentin Tarantino's Once Upon a Time in Hollywood upcoming on July 26, Sony's promo teams have their hands full with both event films, not to mention the Culver City studio will look to other times during the course of the next 12 months to promote their fan-genre slate which includes Zombieland 2: Double Tap (Oct. 3), the comic-book feature adaptation Bloodshot starring Vin Diesel (Feb. 21), Blumhouse's Fantasy Island (Feb. 18), Charlie's Angels (Nov.
Lionsgate we also hear is not going.” /> This leaves Disney/Marvel, Paramount and New Line with their Scare Diego Wednesday night as the only major studios attending SDCC this year.
In years past, Tarantino has been a fixture at Comic-Con: Weinstein Co. held a Django Unchained panel with the cast prior to its December 2012 release, and the filmmaker confirmed his plans back in July 2014 that The Hateful Eight was his next production. Sony gave Tarantino's Once Upon a Time in Hollywood a world premiere at Cannes back in May where it received a current 92% fresh Rotten Tomatoes score, plus there's an upcoming Hollywood premiere later this month.

Zachary Levi, Jeff Tomsic Teaming On New Line’s ‘Spy Guys’

That puts the action comedy on a fast track as the aim here is to get the movie made before Levi reprises in the Shazam! sequel, which New Line is also percolating. EXCLUSIVE: New Line Cinema is negotiating with Zachary Levi to star in Spy Guys, and it has just set Jeff Tomsic to direct the script by Adam Sztykiel.
Pic will be produced by John Rickard (Rampage and the Horrible Bosses films), and the Lonely Island team of Andy Samberg, Jorma Taccone and Akiva Schaffer.
Sztykiel's credits include Rampage and Due Date. Tomsic made his directorial debut last year on the New Line comedy Tag, and cut his teeth on the Comedy Central series Broad City and Idiotsitter, on which he is executive producer.
Levi will play a super spy in the vein of Jason Bourne and Ethan Hunt who gets in a jam on an impossible mission and can only rely on the help of his moronic college friends who happen to be with him to work it out.
Levi is repped by UTA, Untitled Entertainment and McKuin Frankel; Tomsic is with UTA, 3 Arts Entertainment and Schreck Rose.” />

André Øvredal To Direct Stephen King’s ‘The Long Walk’ For New Line

Øvredal is the critically acclaimed, award-winning director of the mystery thriller The Autopsy of Jane Doe. His horror pic, Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, co-written and produced by Guillermo del Toro, opens on Aug. 9 from CBS Films.
James Vanderbilt wrote the screenplay and is also producing with Bradley Fischer and William Sherak.
EXCLUSIVE: Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark director André Øvredal is set to direct New Line’s feature adaptation of Stephen King’s The Long Walk.
The novel since its publication has become a classic in its dystopian vision, the echoes of which can be found throughout popular culture (e.g. The Hunger Games, The Maze Runner). The book is quintessential King in its coming of age themes, zeroing in on the humanity of boys who prevail amid hardship and despair akin to the protagonists in Stand by Me and It.
It: Chapter Two opens on Sept. The Long Walk is one of three Stephen King adaptations in the works at New Line. The others include Salem’s Lot and It: Chapter Two, the sequel to 2017’s $700.3M global blockbuster It which became the highest grossing horror film of all time. 6.
Under these grim circumstances the boys develop deep friendships despite knowing that each of their friends’ survival is a threat to their own. The last one walking gets whatever he wants for the rest of his life. Receive three warnings in an hour and you’re shot dead. Originally published by King under the pseudonym Richard Bachman in 1979, The Long Walk takes place in the future in which 100 teenage boys embark on an annual competition known as “The Long Walk.” The rules are simple: maintain a speed above four miles per hour.
Vanderbilt is repped by WME, UFUSE Management and McKuin Frankel Whitehead.” /> Øvredal is repped by WME, Industry Entertainment, and Adam Kaller & Duncan Hedges.

‘The Nun’ Sequel Sets ‘Luke Cage’s Akela Cooper As Screenwriter

While you wait for The Nun sequel, New Line will keep your Conjure-verse tastebuds satisfied with the forthcoming Annabelle Comes Home, written and directed by Gary Dauberman. The next installment in the horror series is set to open in theaters on June 28. The yet-to-be-titled sequel to The Nun will be produced by Wan's Atomic Monster and Peter Safran's The Safran Company.
EXCLUSIVE: Get your crucifix and be ready to recite a bunch of Hail Marys because New Line's The Nun is coming back and screenwriter Akela Cooper has been tapped to write the script for the next installment of the series which will take us deeper into the hellishly sacred world of The Conjuring universe.
To date, the Conjuring universe has scared up $1.57 billion at the global box office. The Nun alone is the highest grossing film in the series earning more than $365 million worldwide so its no question that they would get back into the habit to frighten us all.
Cooper is repped by ICM Partners and Rise Management, and her attorneys are Morris, Yorn, Barnes, Levine, Krintzman, Rubenstein, Kohner & Gellman.” />
Cooper is no stranger to the thriller and horror genre. In addition to working on the Netflix Marvel series Luke Cage, she was a writer on the Lionsgate/CBS film Hell Fest and penned the screenplay for the upcoming A.I. In addition to Luke Cage, her TV credits include the wildly popular American Horror Story franchise and Netflix’s forthcoming series Jupitor's Legacy. doll thriller M3gan from Conjuring Godfather James Wan and Atomic Monster.
She joins a growing list of recent female horror filmmakers that have been making waves including Jennifer Kent (The Babadook, The Nightingale), Julia Ducournau (Raw), Ana Lily Amirpour (A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night), Alice Lowe (Prevenge) as well as up and comers like Vera Miao (Two Sentence Horror Stories). Cooper's involvement with The Nun moves the needle when it comes to adding more female voices behind the camera to the male-dominated genre of horror.

101 Studios Sets Michele Newman, Laurent Ouaknine, Ennis Hensley To Top Exec Posts

“Michele, Laurent and Ennis bring with them a wealth of experience that will help 101 Studios become the home to talent who are looking for high quality collaboration and innovative teamwork,“ stated David Glasser and David Hutkin.
Newman, who served exec roles at New Line and Sidney Kimmel Entertainment before a career as a commercial banker and Wall Street analyst, will oversee financing, strategic planning, business development and operations. Ouaknine, the former distribution president at The Weinstein Company, will be tasked with overseeing all facets of domestic theatrical rollout for the studio’s films. Hensley, who served as President of International Sales and Distribution at TWC, will oversee international distribution in addition to managing the studio’s rapidly growing number of international relationships.
The upstart 101 Studios has hired Michele Newman to be Executive Vice President of Finance and Strategy, Laurent Ouaknine to head U.S. Distribution and Ennis Hensley to head of International Sales & Distribution.
The hit show just wrapped Season Two. 101 Studios launched with $300 + million in funding commitments for film and television projects that included a $28.5 million television deal with Viacom for the first and second seasons of Yellowstone, the Taylor Sheridan modern-day western drama starring Kevin Costner. It was the second highest rated drama on cable in its first year, airing on the Paramount Network.” />
The latter two have a long relationship with Glasser and Hutkin from TWC, on films that included The Artist, The King's Speech, Django Unchained, Silver Linings Playbook, Lion, Wind River, and Inglourious Basterds.

‘How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World’ Hatching $52M+ Opening

MGM/Seven Buck's Fighting With My Family is seeing around an estimated $8M at 2,711, after a $2.6M Friday in 4th place. Family is in the title and that tells you something because it can hope for matinees audiences tomorrow and Sunday.
The pic already has an A CinemaScore. Also expanding today from last weekend's four New York and LA locations is MGM/Seven Bucks' Fighting With My Family which is heading into 2,711. Like Fighting With My Family, Eddie the Eagle was also the Sundance Film Festival secret screening. MGM acquired global rights for Fighting With My Family out of Berlin two years ago for $17.5M, an unprecedented pick-up for the market as exclusively reported by Deadline. The WWE feature about the rise of Norwich, UK female wrestler Paige ended its first week with $215K and minted another $450K last night. That's far more than the $175K that Fox's Eddie the Eagle did in previews three years ago. Stephen Merchant, who starred with Dwayne Johnson in 2010's Tooth Fairy, directed Fighting With My Family.
PREVIOUS, FRIDAY AM: After collecting $185M at the overseas box office, DreamWorks Animation's threequel How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World finally touched down here in U.S./Canada with a Thursday night preview gross of $3M at 3,200 theaters.
Warner Bros. The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part is eyeing an estimated third weekend in third of $10.6M, -49% for a running total of $84.2M.
Paramount's What Men Want counts a second week of $14.6M and an estimated $39.8M. New Line's Isn't It Romantic ends its first week with $20M; $20.6M counting last week's midweek grosses and previews.
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Elsewhere at the weekly box office: Warner's The Lego Movie 2 ends its second week with $32.1M and a running total of $73.6M. On the regular chart, the pic was the second ranked pic with $1.1M yesterday after Alita's $1.6M.
of The Lego Batman Movie ($2.2M), How to Train Your Dragon 2 ($2M), Zootopia ($1.7M) and The Boss Baby ($1.5M). Hidden World also beats the preview B.O. Hidden World's Thursday figure twice bests the $1.5M Thursday earned recently by Warner Bros.' The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part which went on to do $34.1M in its opening weekend.
Going into this weekend, the Universal-released Dragon has several facets working for it. Not just its overseas box office momentum, but a 91% certified fresh on Rotten Tomatoes and $2.5M in paid previews from its Fandango partnership, a number that beats the early preview cash made by Sony/Amazon's preview team-up for Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle and Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation. Hidden World plays even wider today at 4,259 locations.
If you're wondering what the top three animated openings are for February, they are The Lego Movie ($69M), The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water ($55.3M) and The Lego Batman Movie ($53M). The threequel released by Universal has about 26 Imax hubs and a good deal of PLFs working in its favor out of its 4,259 locations. That does not include the $2.5M from Fandango previews. 2ND UPDATE, FRIDAY MIDDAY: DreamWorks Animation's How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World is looking really good with an estimated $15M today, including last night's $3M, on its way to $52M-$54M for the weekend.
More updates later.
Universal/Blumhouse's Happy Death Day 2U saw an estimated first week of $12.9M, running week and a half total of $16.6M.
Fox's Alita: Battle Angel didn't horde all the PLF screens and she's eyeing an $11.6M second weekend at 3,820, -59% for a running total of $60.2M stateside in second place. Remember only 25%-27% of that comes back to Fox's bank account here in the U.S. As Nancy reported earlier, the James Cameron production is looking at a $60M opening in China, just under what Ready Player One filed at $61.6M.
The Robert Rodriguez-directed, James Cameron produced pic enters China and Japan today, and will keep all of its PLF, RealD, and most Imax hubs this weekend. 20th Century Fox/Lightstorm's reported $170M sci-fi femme action pic Alita: Battle Angel ended her first week with an estimated $40M; $48.6M when you counts its opening on Valentine's Day plus previews.
That number moves up to 14% K-12 on break today and 2% college. Previews started at 6PM, and note there are some winter breaks that are in effect: ComScore reports 12% K-12 schools off yesterday with 1% college.
In fifth is New Line's second weekend of Isn't It Romantic with an estimated $7M, -51% for a running total by Sunday of $33.2M.

New Line Taps Yulin Kuang To Write ‘Jade Palace’

EXCLUSIVE: New Line has hired scribe Yulin Kuang to pen Jade Palace.
The comedy follows a young professional Asian American woman who moves back to New Jersey to help her father manage the family Chinese restaurant she has spent her life running away from.
Kuang, who is repped by UTA, was recently the showrunner on the Streamy-Award winning series, I Ship It, and also created two YouTube channel series, YulinisWorking and Shipwrecked Comedy, as well as short films The Perils of Growing Up Flat-Chested and Angie + Zahra.
New Line's parent studio Warner Bros. saw phenomenal success from Crazy Rich Asians last year, which resuscitated the romantic comedy genre with $238.5M at the worldwide box office as well as two Golden Globe nominations including Best Comedy/Musical and Best Actress (Constance Wu) in addition to a SAG cast ensemble nomination.” />
New Line has a history of comedies in the multi-cultural space including the upcoming Shaft, and recent titles such as Central Intelligence and Barbershop: The Next Cut, as well as the Rush Hour, Harold & Kumar and Friday franchises.

‘The Nun’ Now The Most Almighty ‘Conjuring’ Title Ever With $330M Worldwide – Box Office

New Line's The Nun officially became the highest-grossing title in The Conjuring universe this weekend with a running global total of $330M, besting the $320M worldwide haul of The Conjuring 2 which previously owned that record.
26 debut. There were strong bows in Indonesia ($2.3M), Finland ($0.6M), India ($0.5M), Sweden ($0.5M) and Norway ($0.4M). chart. Universal/Working Title's Johnny English Strikes Again is up to $44.2M overseas before its Oct. In its second weekend overseas the Rowan Atkinson movie drew $14.2M in 38 territories with eight markets opening giving it a 3rd place notch on the foreign B.O.
Annabelle: Creation last year with a combined P&A and production cost of $115M saw $306.5M in global ticket sales which ultimately yielded $108.7M in black ink. With a net production cost of $22M, The Nun is bound for at least a $100M-plus profit after all ancillaries when you consider that The Conjuring 2 minted close to that figure off a production cost that was close to double that plus $100M P&A costs.
The Incredibles 2 opened in Germany and Austria which propelled the pic to $11.9M for the weekend in 5th place with strong holds in the UK (-12%), Spain (-17%), Denmark (-28%), Finland (-30%), France (-32%), Sweden (-37%), Japan (-37%), Italy (-44%) and Norway (-44%). Overseas cume is $603.3M, total global is $1.2B for the Disney/Pixar movie.
17, China Oct. 1 title in Latin America led by a $3.6M launch in Mexico on 2,551 screens and controlling 46% of the top 5 pics. 11, UK on Oct. 2 with a running cume of $3.1M. China's local comedy Hello, Mrs. Brazil debuted to $1.3M on 917 screens in the top spot, repping 42% of the top 5 pic's business. 12, Japan Oct. 19 and Russia Oct. Money pocketed $17.5M in second place. 25. 1 rank on the global B.O. That result is +29% over Captain Underpants, +90% over The Lorax and 7% ahead of Storks. Together with $23M in U.S./Canada, Smallfoot's global debut totaled $38.6M giving it the No. chart. Smallfoot was the No. Smallfoot increases its footprint to Italy next weekend, with Spain going Oct. Australia collected $1.4M on 312 before school holidays start this week, nearly doubling last weekend’s platform results. chart, $15.6M running total. Its the biggest opening ever for a WB animated film in the country and it's pacing ahead of DreamWorks Animation's Trolls (+30%), Sony's The Emoji Movie(+31%),Warners' Storks (+39%) and DWA's Captain Underpants (+297%). 12, France Oct. Warners also had a great weekend with Smallfoot abroad where it launched in 49 markets for a $14M fourth place take on 8,045 screens on the foreign B.O. The pics ranks No.
UAE earned $700K in No. Universal also opened Night School in 19 territories abroad which grossed $5.5M giving the pic a global debut of $33.5M, second best for the WW weekend after Smallfoot. Strong openings included UK where its $2M was the biggest comedy opening of the year (just like U.S./Canada) besting the debuts of Blockers, Get Hard, Girls Trip and Horrible Bosses 2. 2 spot which is the 2nd best for a comedy this year, tracking ahead of Horrible Bosses 2, Let's Be Cops and in line with Get Hard.” /> Australia saw $1.2M in 3rd, above Ride Along 2, Girls Trip and in-line with Get Hard and Let's Be Cops.
The Eli Roth-directed family movie opened in 19 markets with highs in Russia($1.9M), France ($1.6M), Thailand ($500K) and United Arab Emirates ($400K). Overseas total is $21M with worldwide at $65.8M. chart with $21.9M weekend. Counting domestic's $12.5M second weekend, House is third on the global B.O. Amblin/Universal's The House With a Clock In Its Walls slotted 6th with $9.4M from 43 Uni and Amblin combined territories.
Russia was the second-best market over the last three days with $1.7M in its second weekend at 1,795 screens for a running total of $7.2M. to its second-best level yet with $659.6M. Spain is up in the top territories as well with $10.5M while Columbia has grossed $6.2M. France was the top territory for Nun in weekend dos with $2.3M, the No. Another lucrative horror win for New Line propelled by President and CCO Richard Brener and EVP Dave Neustadter and WB marketing guru Blair Rich and their teams. Here in the states, Hispanic audiences have accounted for close to a third of Nun's $109M business where it was a key pic for sending the September domestic B.O. Carolyn Blackwood (President and Chief Content Officer) is the co-head of New Line and was integral to the film as well. While the Corin Hardy-directed pic didn't open in any new markets this weekend, it was the top title at the overseas box office this weekend with $16.2M in its fourth go-round in 80 overseas territories and 9,987 screens and running total of $221M; that's also the best international take for a Conjuring movie ever. 1 pic in the country with $7.4M running cume. Much of The Nun's success has been driven by Spanish-speaking markets abroad with Mexico being the top with $21.5M followed by Brazil second with $17M.

Five Studios Trying To Catch ‘Train To Busan’ Remake; Gary Dauberman Scripting, James Wan Producing Zombie Thriller

Dauberman's ICM Partners reps and Wan's Paradigm reps are handling the deal.” />
The setup: While a zombie virus breaks out in South Korea, passengers struggle to survive on the train from Seoul to Busan. The original was directed by San-ho Yeon and was a monster hit in South Korea, grossing $85 million overseas and only $2 million in the U.S.
Though he's not attached right now as director, Dauberman wrote Annabelle and is now directing the next installment which he also scripted. That films is at New Line, which is chasing this one like a zombie on a slow-moving human. Stay tuned.
EXCLUSIVE: The hot package du jour is Train to Busan, a remake of the 2016 Korean film that Gary Dauberman will write and which James Wan will produce alongside Gaumont. New Line, Universal (which just stepped out), Paramount, Lionsgate and Screen Gems are all in the mix. Dauberman has a very hot hand, having scripted the recent hit The Nun, and coming on the heels of his script work on the Andy Muschietti-directed It and its sequel. I'm hearing that five bidders are circling or have made bids, and that the rights package will sell this week for a seven-figure sum.