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– by Seth McDonald

*This Post Contains Spoilers for IT 2*

When it comes to movie adaptations of popular novels, there will always be a fight between the book readers and the movie watchers. We have all heard why the books are better, or controversy over altering the source material. Readers love to tell watchers where the movie went wrong, and sometimes I have to agree with them, other times not so much. The latest battle in this ongoing war will have to do with the sequel to this year’s frightening and funny success, IT. I hate to break it to you book readers, but it appears that the sequel to IT is going to stray a bit from the novel, at least for the character of Mike Hanlon. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly (via ComicBookMovie), the director of the first film, Andy Muschietti, who is sticking around to helm the sequel, said he wants to put a much darker spin on the character:

“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. 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. Only way he can do that is take drugs and alter his mind.”

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That is quite the drastic change, from librarian to drug addict. Though it seems Muschietti knows exactly what he wants to do with the character, and with the success of the first movie, it seems fans should give him the benefit of the doubt and let him see his vision through. With changes like these, directors always run a risk of angering a novel’s purist fan base, though I can’t blame fans of the novel for being apprehensive to a change such as this, as a recent adaptation of another popular Stephen King novel, The Dark Tower, left fans underwhelmed for the most part.

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Source: ComicBookMovie

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