– by Joseph Jammer Medina

This year’s IT was a huge success. No one in the world can argue otherwise. However, not only did the film perform well at the box office, but creatively, it was something pretty special as well. It somehow managed to capture the essence of the source material without going overboard.

But what worked for that first film won’t necessarily work for the sequel. Speaking with IGN, Pennywise the Clown himself Bill Skarsgård discussed the big differences between what that first film was and what IT: Chapter 2 needs to be.

“The first movie worked so well at what it is trying to do, I think, and ultimately that is the kids’ story, and you follow these kids 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?”

“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 surrealistic 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.”

Surreal is correct. I won’t spoil it, but readers of the book will know exactly what he’s talking about. Once it’s revealed what Pennywise actually is, all bets are off. But what Skarsgård is saying is worth discussing. We loved the first one because of what it was — a great film with charismatic kids who had great chemistry.

By virtue of the fact that they’ll no longer be kids in the sequel, it CAN’T be that. The film will need to set out to do something else and succeed on that level. There’s a reason why many peopled loved the first part of the miniseries and didn’t care for the second part. When all said and done, it’s a completely different type of story, and we can only hope director Andy Muschietti embraces that.

IT: Chapter 2 hits theaters on September 6, 2019.

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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.