New Details For ‘IT’ Sequel Include Major Change From The Novel

If you haven’t seen IT yet, what are you waiting for? Everyone else did, as it made the most money ever for a Horror film in one weekend.

Though a sequel hasn’t officially been greenlit yet, writing is already underway, and director Andy Muschietti already has some interesting new plans for IT: Chapter 2.

While speaking to EW, he revealed:

“I want to make his character the one pivotal character who brings them all together, but staying in Derry took a toll with him. I want him to be a junkie actually. A librarian junkie. When the second movie starts, he’s a wreck…He’s not just the collector of knowledge of what Pennywise has been doing in Derry. He will bear the role of trying to figure out how to defeat him. The only way he can do that is to take drugs and alter his mind.”

It’s interesting to note that Chapter 1 also cut out a lot of stuff from the book, including a child gang bang that Cary Fukunaga originally wanted to keep in the movie – as well as some other insane stuff that was hard to imagine actually being filmed.

Ultimately, the movie we got on screen was pretty good, and new Pennywise actor Bill Skarsgard believes you shouldn’t compare his portrayal of the character to Tim Curry’s:

“It was always important for me to reinvent It and reinterpret It in a different way. I sort of grew up with the Tim performance and I was very familiar with it and a huge fan as an actor, so my process of preparing for the role was, “okay this needs to be different” and I think we did that, I think this Pennywise is different and they can stand alone – there’s no need to compare them as you can appreciate both but it was important to me to do something new and something original with the take on the character.”

Curry even recently offered praise for Skarsgard:

“Well, I like [Bill] Skarsgard very much, I think he’s very clever. It’ll be interesting what sort of clown face he puts on, because it’s not an obvious clown face at all. I’ve seen the trailer and you can’t really see him at all. So I’m fascinated to see it. He’s very good.”

IT is currently playing in theaters everywhere.

  • James Burdine

    It figures that they would make changes to the book. Just about every movie does. The alleged gangbang of pre and pubescent children to use sexual magic to reconnect the flagging “lucky seven” is totally taken out of character, and would not portray correctly on screen. It is also unrealistic to not expect people to compare two great actors versions of the same character. Both versions do have to be taken on their own merit. AS an exampIe, loved Jack Nicholson’s joker, but also acknowledge Keith’s version as well.