As a screenwriter, Gary Dauberman is a 21st Century horror heavyweight; his resume includes the blockbusters Annabelle, Annabelle: Creation, and The Nun (which just hit theaters this weekend). He’s also one of the authors of 2017’s IT and the main scribe of IT: Chapter Two, currently nearing the end of filming in Toronto.
While we won’t see IT: Chapter Two for another year, Dauberman recently sat down with the folks at /Films to discuss a number of current and upcoming projects including The Nun, Swamp Thing, and IT: Chapter Two. Of the latter, he was asked about scenes he was especially eager to pen for the two-part film’s conclusion. Here’s what he said:
“Like I said with the first one, it’s really this embarrassment of riches. It was trying to do your best job of taking what Stephen King wrote so beautifully all those years ago and try to translate it to the script page. For me it was just really fun to be able to revisit these characters and see what they’re up to 27 years later. There was a challenge trying to get all those character introductions and ‘here’s where we are so far’ which is fun to tackle. How can we find an elegant solution to introduce this many characters again to the audience? In the first one, they’re all together in school so you see them in a bunch but 27 years later, I don’t think it’s a spoiler they’re sort of scattered all over the country. So, we see pieces of who they’ve become which I think is really exciting. Then of course it was great to see them return to Derry. The Jade of the Orient is such a defining and iconic scene in the book. That was something I remember as a thing I was writing towards. It was like, ‘Okay, coming up is Jade of the Orient. That’s going to be super cool.’ It was a nice signpost to write towards which I dug.”
He went on to say this about the film’s ending:
“The ending I think will satisfy the audience and maybe break their hearts a little bit.”
Here’s hoping so! It’ll be a while still until we see a trailer for IT: Chapter Two. While we wait, you can check out the synopsis and trailer for 2017’s IT below.
Seven young outcasts in Derry, Maine, are about to face their worst nightmare — an ancient, shape-shifting evil that emerges from the sewer every 27 years to prey on the town’s children. Banding together over the course of one horrifying summer, the friends must overcome their own personal fears to battle the murderous, bloodthirsty clown known as Pennywise.