“IT” and “The Nun” screenwriter Gary Dauberman makes his directorial debut on “Annabelle Comes Home” which opens in cinemas today and pulled in $3.5 million from Tuesday preview hauls last night.
Dauberman’s upcoming schedule is a busy one. He’s got “IT: Chapter Two” coming in September and is developing a new version of “Salem’s Lot” – both projects based on the famed Stephen King novels.
Speaking about them with THR recently, he confirmed that actress Jessica Chastain’s claim of a sequence in the “IT” follow-up incorporating a record-setting amount of fake blood is pretty much accurate and that’s all down to director Andy Muschietti:
“I think that’s Andy pushing it to the brink; he has a great relationship with Chastain. But, yeah, that’s definitely Andy. I know the particular scene you’re talking about, and there’s no way to do it without a ton of blood. Knowing Andy, he always takes things and multiplies them, which is what you want out of your director. It’s pretty incredible.”
He adds he’s seen the final film and: “I’m very, very happy and I’m very, very proud” he says, adding: “As a very, very anxious person, I have no anxiety about that movie whatsoever.” Asked if the new “Salem’s Lot” will receive a similar approach, he says:
“I like to be as true to the story as I possibly can until it gets a little too unwieldy for a movie. I’m very, very excited to be a part of that and tackle it. It hasn’t had the big screen treatment yet, which is how I felt about It. It’s so fun to play around with vampires and make something truly scary with vampires. I haven’t seen that in a long, long time, and I’m excited for people to see it.”
The first “IT” premiered in 2017 and snagged a massive $123.1 million opening weekend, ultimately earning over $700 million at the worldwide box office – making it the highest-grossing horror movie of all time. “IT: Chapter Two,” which adapts the second half of King’s book, hits cinemas September 6th.