This September we will finally be hit with Mama director Andy Muschietti's follow-up to his hit adaptation of Stephen King's IT. And today we have word that the film's screenwriter, Gary Dauberman has seen a first cut of the much-anticipated horror movie sequel IT Chapter Two and he's (surprise, surprise) delighted with the finished product and very proud of it as well.
Specifically, Gary Dauberman says this.
"I have [seen IT: Chapter Two], yes! I'm very, very happy and I'm very, very proud. I don't know if you can hear the joy in my voice as I try not to answer this question, but I'm very excited for everyone to see it. As a very, very anxious person, I have no anxiety about that movie whatsoever."
Nice! And on top of giving us his thoughts on the finished film, Dauberman also went on to talk about that soon-to-be-infamous scene star Jessica Chastain teased a few months back, which is said to feature the most fake blood ever used in a movie. Dauberman continues.
"I think that's Andy pushing it to the brink; he has a great relationship with Chastain. But, yeah, that's definitely Andy. I know the particular scene you're talking about, and there's no way to do it without a ton of blood. Knowing Andy, he always takes things and multiplies them, which is what you want out of your director. It's pretty incredible."
Again, nice! Dauberman then went on to speak a bit about if there was pressure to make IT: Chapter Two even bigger in scale since the first film gathered up such universal praise and cash at the box-office. Dauberman says this.
"There's always pressure, of course, but we all kinda kept our heads down and proceeded with the plan. There was never a moment where we said, "We really gotta outdo ourselves this time." Stephen King and the novel did a lot of the heavy lifting for us. I can't speak for anyone else involved, but I stuck with the plan we had because it seemed to work the first time. If it ain't broke..."
If it ain't broke, don't fix it. Makes sense to me! And speaking of not "fixing" the source material provided by Stephen King, Dauberman goes on to talk about how much getting Stephen King's approval weights on his shoulders, adding this.
"I can't explain to you the relief I feel when he signs off on something or likes the work you've done. That's the first person I'm trying to please when I'm adapting these things. It is an enormous amount of relief. I know I'm never going to be able to please everybody, so I just hope that he's pleased. It really is a huge relief, and everything else for me is a bonus."
I can only imagine getting King's approval is enough for any filmmaker, but especially in the case of something as beloved as Stephen King's IT. I guess we'll have to wait a bit longer to see what we all think of IT: Chapter Two ourselves as the movie isn't set to reach our local multiplexes until September 6th. Here's hoping we can all wait that long! This story comes to us via The Hollywood Reporter.