– 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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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.