SPOILER WARNING: The following article contains massive spoilers about Stephen King's novel, IT. If you have not read the book, and don't wish to know details of the story before reading for yourself or seeing the forthcoming IT: Chapter 2, you may want to check out another one of our wonderful articles!
Every film adaptation of a book features changes from the source material. Whether it's because there isn't enough space in the story to feature every detail, or because certain things just don't translate to cinema, these alterations are generally done with the best intentions, and the hopes of making the big screen experience of the story. That being said, pretty much any book that's being turned into a movie also has elements that filmmakers really shouldn't mess with at all, and Stephen King's IT is no exception.
Earlier I wrote a feature detailing the parts of IT that can easily be ignored by IT: Chapter 2 -- the upcoming sequel to Andres Muschietti's film that will tell the story of the kid heroes as adults -- but now it's time to flip that approach. There are a ton of moments in Stephen King's novel that we're hotly anticipating, but below and on the next few pages we've highlighted seven that we think would be particularly important for the adaptation. Read on, and tell us what you think in the comments section below!
Include Stan's suicide
It takes very little time reading IT to learn about the first member of The Losers Club who dies. In the first few chapters of the book, Stanley Uris gets a call from Mike Hanlon telling him that It has returned, and that he needs to return to Derry -- but he doesn't have the same reaction as Bill, Beverly, Eddie, Richie, and Ben, who all put their lives on hold and quickly leave their respective homes. Instead, Stan goes to the second floor of his house, locks the door, runs a bath, and proceeds to slit his wrists with a razor. It's an event that hits you like a ton of bricks even before you get to know who Stan is, which is why it definitely needs to be included in the next movie.
Prior to the description of his terrible death in Stephen King's book, readers only know of Stan as a young man who grew up in Derry, Maine and went on to become a successful accountant living in Atlanta, Georgia. Thanks to Andres Muschietti's movie and the performance by Wyatt Oleff, however, that's not the case for fans experiencing the story on the big screen, as audiences now know the full details of what he went through as a pre-pubescent fighting evil with his friends. This is certainly going to make his suicide even more impactful than it was in the novel, which is why it has to be adapted into IT: Chapter 2.