One of the better presentations for a film at San Diego Comic Con this year was New Line showing off some stuff from “IT: Chapter Two,” the follow-up to the highly successful 2017 film adaptation of Stephen King’s celebrated novel.
The new film adapts the other half of the book, the part involving the adult versions of the characters which are being played by the likes of Bill Hader, Jessica Chastain and James McAvoy. Director Andy Muschietti and producer Barbara Muschietti attended the presentation and subsequently gave interviews to a few outlets about the movie.
Speaking with Collider, the pair were asked about the biggest challenges and changes in the writing process for the second film, the more complicated one of the two films due to the nature of the story. Andy Muschietti says:
The challenge of making a second part, in terms of script, was basically keeping the tension all the time, condensing all the events that happened in this timeline into almost like a real-time journey.
So, we had to interlace some of the events, or connect some events – in the book, they’re a little looser – and staying true to the emotion of that section, and also turn the screws of tension here and there, and also create events that make things more difficult. Create obstacles and diversion and forces that are not necessarily in the book.
In terms of the other writers, Muschietti and Gary Dauberman began work on the script a month before the first film came out. After collaborating for a while, Dauberman left to do “Annabelle Comes Home” and so Jason Fuchs came onboard and helped finish the script ahead of filming. Fuchs was also on hand during the film’s shoot where numerous changes ended up being made.
“IT: Chapter Two” opens in cinemas September 5th.