The Losers defeated the child-eating creature lurking in Derry, but only temporarily, as IT will come back for revenge in IT: Chapter Two, in which actor Bill Skarsgård hopes will go into the mind of the killer clown. Andrés Muschetti’s take on Stephen King’s novel keeps breaking office records and getting praise from critics and audiences alike, which naturally led to the studio green-lighting the sequel.
IT: Chapter One tells only half of the story, following a group of kids self-named “The Losers’ Club” as they come face to face with an evil shape-shifting entity (whose preferred form is that of Pennywise, the Dancing Clown) and are forced to confront their biggest fears. Chapter Two will follow the group 27 years later, as IT awakens and starts feeding again. The first film focused on the kids more than the creature they were fighting, and Bill Skarsgård – who plays Pennywise – hopes that the sequel goes deeper into the mind of his character as well as his cosmological backstory.
In an interview with IGN at New York Comic Con, Skarsgård spoke about his hopes for the sequel and how he would like it to approach the backstory of Pennywise, stating that the right way to do the adult side of the story would be by making it “actively different” and exploring the psychological sides of horror.
“The first movie worked so well at what it is trying to do, I think, and ultimately that is the kids’ story, and you sort of fall in love with these kids. And the second one will be the adult story. And I think the right way to do it is to make that movie actively different. I think there might be worth exploring sort of the psychological aspects of horror, but also maybe the sort of cosmological existence of this being. What is he, and where does he come from?”
In the novel, IT’s backstory is partially explained, having originated in the Macroverse as well as its natural enemy, the Turtle, creator of our universe. It’s suggested that IT and the Turtle are creations of a separate, omnipotent creator referred to as “the Other”. IT is generally referred to as male, but is later shown as a female when taking its final physical form: a large female spider. However, IT’s natural form only exists in an inter-dimensional realm referred to as the “deadlights”, described as writhing, destroying orange lights which will drive any living being insane. In order to defeat IT, the Losers have to go to extremes, which Skarsgård thinks will be interesting to explore in the sequel.
“And, you know, it’s hardly answered in the novel, either. I mean, it’s very abstract. And I kind of like that. IT could be almost a sort of [serialized] sort of psychedelic trip if you go into the mind of Pennywise. And if you’ve read the novel you know that they do actually go into his mind. Or they go into this transdimensional place, and they sort of beat him in this place. Which might be interesting, what that place would be, and what would it look like. There’s opportunities, I think, and I’m excited for it.”
IT: Chapter One included subtle hints at the Turtle, the Macroverse, and the deadlights, so it would be a good move from the writers to delve into IT’s cosmological backstory in the sequel, with the only challenge being making it believable – which is something they achieved with the first film. It will be especially interesting to see how they will present the final battle in the sequel, as the way the Losers defeat IT in the novel – both when they were young and when they are adults – is completely different from how they did so in the first film.
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