– by Joseph Jammer Medina

By now, in case you haven’t noticed, IT has become an overnight sensation. The film made a metric buttload of money, exceeding the most conservative estimates twofold. At this point, the sequel is pretty much guaranteed. It’s now a matter of actually making the darn thing, which is no small feat.

Luckily, the filmmakers already have a head start. While they hadn’t had the green light from the studio just yet, they were moving forward in hopes that they would be producing a sequel. So, rather than producing that first film and then stopping the process there, they’ve made pains to actually think through the entire project as a whole, which is great.

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This means that they have a solid idea of what we can expect from these characters in the upcoming film. Speaking with EW, IT director Andy Muschietti told the outlet one character who will be a bit of a departure from his book counterpart.

“My idea of Mike in the second movie is quite darker from the book. I want to make his character the one pivotal character who brings them all together, but staying in Derry took a toll with him. I want him to be a junkie actually. A librarian junkie. When the second movie starts, he’s a wreck.”

For those who don’t know, Mike was the sole African America kid of the group, and the latest one to join up. In the book, he’s the one who stays behind in Derry as an adult. In his time there, he becomes obsessed with tracking Pennywise cases, and is ultimately the one who calls them back to fulfill their blood oaths.

Muschietti continued, clarifying Mike’s Junkie aspect:

“He’s not just the collector of knowledge of what Pennywise has been doing in Derry. He will bear the role of trying to figure out how to defeat him. The only way he can do that is to take drugs and alter his mind.”

While Mike was definitely kind of an obsessive character (one who the cops hated talking to), he wasn’t on this level here. That being said, this darker, more dramatic take is one that will likely suit the film incredibly well. As one would expect, being left behind to witness Pennywise’s atrocities alone would take its toll.

Are you excited to see this darker turn for Mike in IT: Chapter Two? Let us know your thoughts down below!

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  • CoolHandJuke

    “they’re darker than we are” mel brooks as indian cheif…

  • Nick_SuIIivan

    They are going to make the only black guy in the film a junkie? Ugh.

    • Curious Cat

      I know right ? 😂 Lol well unless he’s purposely getting high to get Pennywise lifted

  • Weresmurf

    Oh for fucks sake Muschietti…

    1. I’m going to strip away Mikes story and hand it over to Ben Hanscom
    2. I’m going to make Mike carry the gun.
    3. I’m going to turn him into a junkie.

    Fuck you dude. Fuck you.

    • Kindofabigdeal

      At least he didn’t have Mike carrying around a boombox.

      • Frank Sirmarco

        That’s was probably the only, “look, it’s the 80’s.” nod the film didn’t make…

  • Ghost2020

    In the book he’s the town librarian and he’s also an amateur historian. He researches the whole Pennywise history, so yeah this works. He’s so deep into the whole thing, a la’ someone who researches the Cthulhu Mythos, a bit touched in the head by the knowledge they carry. Maybe they’ll use the drug use as a way for “mind expansion” to see into the metaphysical part of the universe?

    This would be a way to deal with the ‘true’ form of IT and possibly bring in the Maturin the Turtle angle too.

    Depends on how they do it, could work or totally blow up.

    • Kindofabigdeal

      When the mentioned mind altering drugs my first thought was of the turtle.

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.