IT: CHAPTER TWO Director Clarifies Stephen King’s Involvement in the Film

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We’d like to clarify an item we ran earlier this month. On August 2nd, we (and many other media sites) reported that Stephen King had written a new scene for the upcoming IT: Chapter Two. Apparently, we all got our wires crossed. Today, IT director Andy Muschietti set the record straight during an interview with our friends at Collider.

Related Article: Stephen King Wrote a Brand New Scene for IT: CHAPTER TWO

“I just shared the script with him because I wanted to know what he thought about it, [if] he has any kind of notes and he very generously said, ‘Look, just take this as what it is. It’s not a mandate or anything. But this is like the couple of things I would like to see in the movie.’ And that’s what it was. There were things that were already on their way to land in the movie. He’s a fan of Paul Bunyan….specifically Paul Bunyan chasing young Richie. So that was great because I was a little bit on the fence with that and when Steve said, ‘Can we see it in the movie?’ I was like, ‘Yes, of course!’

“And the other one was the rolling standpipe at the end of the book when Derry collapses into the sinkhole and it all floods. There is a scene where the standpipe basically collapses and starts rolling down the hill, and for some reason, it’s one of Stephen’s favorite episodes in the book. Well, we couldn’t go that far because I basically wanted to end the movie on a more emotional note, more intimate, more about the feelings of this group of characters. And also making this huge destruction scene would have sucked probably half the budget of visual effects. I didn’t want to go through that.”

IT: Chapter Two floats into theaters on September 6th. Check out the synopsis and trailer below.

The evil clown Pennywise returns 27 years later to torment the grown-up members of the Losers’ Club.

Andy Muschietti directs IT: Chapter Two from a screenplay penned by Gary Dauberman. The film stars James McAvoy, Jessica Chastain, Bill Skarsgård, and Javier Botet.

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