Stephen King Came Up With an All-New Scene for It Chapter Two
Stephen King might not have had any involvement in 2017’s It adaptation, but it looks like the famed horror author did provide some input for its sequel—this year’s It Chapter Two.
Director Andy Muschietti, who helmed the first film and this year’s follow-up, said during a recent interview that after finding out about King’s rave review for It Chapter One, he felt emboldened to reach out to the author himself while working on Chapter Two. “It was absolutely huge,” Muschietti said. “For me, it would be unthinkable when I was 12 or 13.” Apparently, King read a first draft of the new film, made some notes, and suggested adding “one all-new scene” that is original to the film. (Meaning, it’s not featured in the original novel or previous adaptations.)
King’s relationship with adaptations of his own work spans the full breadth of possible human emotions. He’s historically been more than willing to admit when an interpretation falls flat, so it stands to reason that he genuinely likes the new It films, which star Bill Skarsgård as Pennywise the Dancing Clown. Following the release of the first film, King told Variety that although he didn’t work on the movie, he did enjoy it: “I wasn’t involved at all,” he said. “I wished them well. Geez, I don’t even think they sent me any swag from that one! But maybe that’s a good thing. I’ve seen it, it’s fabulous.”
According to a new featurette, It Chapter Two will recapture the same aesthetic and emotion as the 2017 adaptation did, but will lean a little further into the horror. There will also be blood. Lots and lots of blood. The film will run for nearly three hours as well, but don’t worry—Muschietti swears the time will fly by. As the director put it, “Nobody who’s seen the movie has had any complaint.”