‘It: Chapter Two’ Fit In One Scene They Left Out of ‘Chapter One’
When Stephen King writes an 1100 page novel, not everything can fit into the movie adaptation. When it’s a two-part movie, they have a second chance to utilized some missed moments. Screenwriter Gary Dauberman had some tough calls to make adapting King, but he was happy to get a second chance in It: Chapter Two.
Dauberman spoke with Showbiz Cheat Sheet at the Los Angeles press junket for It: Chapter Two. Now that the film is in theaters, we can share some of the specific scenes from the book Dauberman adapted in the second part.
The scene Gary Dauberman wanted to use in ‘It: Chapter One’
Fans of the Stephen King book missed the part where young Richie (Finn Wolfhard) was tormented by Derry’s Paul Bunyan statue. Dauberman was able to fit Paul Bunyan into It: Chapter Two, and have it terrorize adult Richie (Bill Hader) too.
“Things like the Paul Bunyon sequence, that’s in the book that we didn’t use in the first one, is in this one,” Dauberman said. “That was a thing in the book as well that as a kid he was also frightened by. So things like the clubhouse I think is one of them.”
‘It: Chapter Two’ adds some new twists to the Jade of the Orient
When all the adults return to Derry, they reconnect over a Chinese food dinner at The Jade of the Orient. Late in the evening, It terrorizes them with monsters emerging from their fortune cookies. Some of the fortune cookie monsters come from the book, and the filmmakers invented others.
“There was some freedom,” Dauberman said. “I haven’t done a one to one comparison from the book to the movie, but there’s some invention there from me and [director] Andy [Muschietti] and then there’s stuff from the book. I think the eyeball is in the book. [The] spider might’ve been a slug or cockroach or something in the book.”
At least a spider with a baby face feels like something Stephen King would have written.
“We always feel we have the ability to take creative license,” Dauberman said. “You want to be true to the book as much as you can, but you can’t be such a slave to it or beholden to it you feel you can’t have the freedom to go what about this and what about that?”
Bill Hader added his own ‘your mom’ jokes to ‘It: Chapter Two’
In the book, Richie always makes fun of Eddie’s mom. Give a comedian like Bill Hader that premise and he’ll invent all-new “your mom” jokes.
“I’ve had years of practice on the your mom jokes,” Dauberman joked. “There’s a couple mom jokes in the books but I think to have the benefit of having someone like Bill Hader as your Richie, you want to insert joke here. I’m not going to out funny that guy. I think a lot were his.”
The introduction to ‘It: Chapter Two’ is straight out of the book
It: Chapter Two opens with the homophobic assault on Adrian Mellon (Xavier Dolan), who encounters Pennywise (Bill Skarsgard) to top off his ordeal.
“That’s in the book so I wanted to be true to the book,” Dauberman said. “There was never a question of whether or not to include it.”
Just like It: Chapter One had to open with Pennywise killing Georgie in the sewer, Adrian Mellon felt like a natural opening to the second part.
“To me, it feels like that’s the Georgie in the sewer moment of the adult story,” Dauberman said. “That’s why that felt like the best place to start it.”