IT: Chapter Two has reportedly tapped The Strain and True Blood cinematographer Checco Varese to get behind the camera for the sequel. Chung-hoon Chung was the DP for the first film last year, whose dynamic camerawork brought stylish flair to the Stephen King adaptation. Collider did not elaborate on why director Andy Muschietti made the switch, but the 27 year gap between the two films could have something to do with it.
IT (2017) had a nostalgic 80’s feel not only in production design, but in the energy of the camerawork. Chung’s visuals brought an adventurous feel to the film, which was appropriate since it revolved around a group of kids squaring off against a terrifying creature. It’s reasonable to assume the sequel being set in present day with a cast of adults may need to take a different approach in look and tone.
We wouldn’t want IT: Chapter Two to make the same mistakes as the original TV mini-series, which became incredibly cheesy during the second half. Granted, this was for a number of reasons, including corny acting, weird dialogue, and a laughable giant spider monster. But, as brilliantly demonstrated by John Krasinki’s A Quiet Place, visuals are a massive part of storytelling in film.
IT: Chapter Two currently has Jessica Chastain taking on the role of grown-up Beverly Marsh, with James McAvoy and Bill Hader in negotiations to play Bill Denbrough and Richie Tozier. The wise-cracking Richie Tozier was originally played in the 1990 mini-series by actor Harry Anderson, who sadly passed away earlier this week at the age of 65.
We’re still waiting to see who will round out the rest of the cast. Who would you like to see take on the remaining roles of The Losers Club? What do you think of Checco Varese joining the next film?
IT: Chapter Two will float into theaters September 6, 2019.