IT: Chapter Two Will Feature The Weirdest Element From The Book
There were many reasons why a movie based on Stephen King's IT didn't get off the ground before last year, but certainly one among them is the fact that the novel contains a lot of weird stuff. Even beyond the talked-to-death orgy scene, there is the crazy way in which The Losers Club defeats Pennywise, called the Ritual of Chüd, involving all kinds of bizarre metaphysics, and tongue-biting. It's material that's actually kind of hard to fully imagine even when you're reading the book, but according to screenwriter Gary Dauberman, fans will definitely see a cinematic take on it in IT: Chapter Two:
Gary Dauberman didn't exactly go into great detail about the Ritual of Chüd when I spoke to him last week in advance of his new movie, The Nun, but he did confirm that IT: Chapter Two will attempt to realize it. I specifically asked the filmmaker about adapting book elements that we haven't seen before -- such as the Ritual of Chüd, the story of Adrian Mellon, and the giant Paul Bunyon statue that comes to life -- and he explained how he and Andy and Barbara Muschietti have worked together to make them real.
For those who haven't read Stephen King's IT, the Ritual of Chüd is basically a psychic battle of wills, but is translated by the author with some very odd imagery. Specifically, the idea is that Pennywise and a member of the Losers Club each extend their tongues, overlap them, bite down, and then exchange jokes until one party laughs. I personally don't know where you even begin trying to bring that to life, but it's being done.
As noted, it was incredibly helpful that Gary Dauberman and Andy Muschietti worked together on the first IT, as it helped them understand each other's perspectives going into the sequel. Because of their bond, they were able to divide and conquer, so to speak, with the former working to balance important elements from the source material and the latter taking on the challenge of figuring out how it's all going to look. Said Dauberman,
Thanks to the fact that the first IT made over $700 million worldwide, there are a lot of expectations for IT: Chapter Two -- but everything we've been hearing just gets us more and more excited. We still have a little less than a year before the sequel will be hitting theaters (scheduled for September 6, 2019), but be on the lookout for more updates here on CinemaBlend!
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