Andy Muschietti’s film adaptation of half of Stephen King’s novel “IT” last year opened to both very good reviews and stellar box-office. Fans appreciated this fairly faithful adaptation of the novel which didn’t hold back from some of the book’s darker elements.
There were some omissions though of the novel’s weirder aspects – the scene with the underage kids engaging in a sexual train was understandably dumped, as was some of the crazier mythological aspects involving the giant turtle and the Ritual of Chüd.
Well some of that crazy stuff is coming back in the upcoming “IT: Chapter Two” which adapts the second half of the story. Speaking with Cinema Blend, screenwriter Gary Dauberman confirms that the Ritual of Chüd will be realised in the 2019 follow-up:
“The Ritual of Chüd is challenging, but it’s such an important component to the book that we had to address it. That stuff is difficult to balance, but because we [Dauberman, director Andy Muschietti, producer Barbara Muschietti] worked with each other before, when I’m writing pages and all that stuff it becomes more of a conversation and less like, ‘Hey, here’s what I did.’ It’s sort of organic; it’s really kind of just chipping away at the stone and trying to find the most focused, accessible way into some of more metaphysical aspects of that book.”
Jessica Chastain, James McAvoy, Bill Hader, Jay Ryan, James Ransone, Andy Bean, Isaiah Mustafa, Teach Grant, Jess Weixler, Xavier Dolan, Will Beinbrink and Bill Skarsgard star in the new film along with all the returning members of the young cast. “IT: Chapter Two” will hit theaters on September 6th 2019.