IT producer Barbara Muschietti has revealed the scene that managed to freak out Stephen King when he saw the film. Muschietti and her director brother Andy are currently riding high off the huge success IT has enjoyed, with the film grossing over $370 million worldwide in only its second weekend.
While the film was always expected to be a hit, the sheer scale of IT’s success has no doubt surprised Hollywood. The film is predicted to end its North American run alone with at least $300 million, which is almost unheard of for an R-rated horror movie. It’s also given the box office a much-needed shot in the arm after a dismal summer financially. Audiences should probably expect a lot more R-rated horror in the next few years as a result, and the return of iconic characters like Michael Myers in Halloween.
The film even managed to scare its creator, with Barbara Muschietti revealing in an interview with Collider that the scene where Stan is scared by a twisted figure from a painting really got to Stephen King. The scene was based on a painting that used to scare the director as a kid, and this scare - which is original to the film - -got positive feedback from the King himself:
“And it’s something that actually, Stephen King, the first email he sent to Andy when he had seen the movie, the one fear he wrote back, he said, “I f***ing love the woman in the painting, it scared the s**t out of me,” so.”
The producer went on to describe how much King’s work means to the siblings, and what his feedback meant to them on a personal level:
“Oh man, it’s been so … He’s our hero. It’s like, I get teary because he’s…I remember the feeling of Pet Sematary and Danse Macabre and the magic that had, all through our teens, he would bring, every time we’d read a book. It was mind-blowing. And of course, we were also constantly watching movies, but when you’re that age and your imagination is so freaking fertile and you create your own worlds, there’s no going back from that. So, suddenly, that the guy that inspired you to create those worlds comes and gives you a pat in the back… [makes an excited face].”
The duo is currently working on a director’s cut of IT, and of course, putting together IT: Chapter Two. Actors have yet to be cast for the grown-up version of The Losers' Club, but Muschietti reaffirmed her brother’s statement that they really want their Mama star Jessica Chastain to play the adult Beverly Marsh:
“Oh, of course, it’s unavoidable, I mean, we have our lists. I mean, that’s no secret that we want Jess [Chastain] to be Beverly and we were campaigning for it and she’s the best.”
IT: Chapter Two is currently aiming for a 2019 release, and thanks to the film’s record-shattering success, Warner Bros. will likely want to get moving on the sequel as soon as possible.