While widely acclaimed and enormously popular, Stephen King's 1986 novel It has some incredibly bizarre sequences and imagery and screenwriter Gary Dauberman has confirmed one specific literary scene will be included in next year's It: Chapter 2.
While promoting The Nun, Dauberman revealed that the climactic Ritual of Chüd used by the Losers Club in their efforts to defeat Pennywise in the book's final moments will be included in some capacity in the sequel.
"The Ritual of Chüd is challenging, but it's such an important component to the book that we had to address it. That stuff is difficult to balance, but because [filmmakers Andy and Barbara Muschietti and I] worked with each other before, when I'm writing pages and all that stuff it becomes more of a conversation," explained Dauberman in an interview with Cinema Blend. "It's sort of organic; it's really kind of just chipping away at the stone and trying to find the most focused, accessible way into some of more metaphysical aspects of that book."
The psychedelic sequence in question had a member of the Losers Club face Pennywise and bite down on their overlapping, extended tongues and attempt to get their opponent to laugh. Despite the seemingly nonsensical moment in the book, Dauberman is excited for its inclusion in the adaptation which just wrapped principal photography last week in Toronto.
"I'm writing that stuff, and Andy would kind of go off and think about Chüd and how he wants to visually represent all that stuff," continued Dauberman. "He just came up with some brilliant, brilliant stuff."
Directed by Andy Muschietti, It: Chapter 2 stars Bill Skarsgård, James McAvoy, Jessica Chastain, Jay Ryan, Bill Hader, Isaiah Mustafa, James Ransone, Andy Bean, Teach Grant, Jess Weixler, Will Beinbrink, Xavier Dolan, Jaden Lieberher, Sophia Lillis, Jeremy Ray Taylor, Finn Wolfhard, Chosen Jacobs, Jack Dylan Grazer, Wyatt Oleff, and Nicholas Hamilton. The film is scheduled for release on September 6, 2019.