As a huge fan of Stephen King’s novel IT, it’s rapidly become clear that we’ll never get a faithful adaptation. Both the 1990 miniseries and director Andy Muschietti’s 2017 movie deviated from the book in large ways, and IT: Chapter Two looks set to do the same.
Putting aside the fact that there are a few things I’d rather not see adapted, for obvious reasons, I’ve come to terms with the fact that no adaptation will fully capture King’s book. Honestly, maybe that’s for the best, since we’ve mostly already read that story.
Thanks to a new THR interview with IT: Chapter Two screenwriter Gary Dauberman though, we can rest easy knowing that at least one more iconic sequence will make the upcoming film. Dauberman confirms that the murder of Adrian Mellon will be adapted.
“It is an iconic scene in the book and one we wanted to include in the movie. It is the first attack in present-day Derry and sets the stage for what Derry has become. It is the influence of Pennywise even while he is hibernating, and it’s pure evil what happens to Adrian. These bullies working through Pennywise was important for us to show.”
For the few who’ve never read IT, Adrian Mellon was a gay man out with his partner Don when he was attacked by a group of homophobic thugs. Mellon was tossed over a bridge and knocked unconscious, then horrifyingly finished off by a waiting Pennywise.
This scene was completely ignored by the 1990 miniseries, although to be fair, these two movies combined have about three more hours of screentime to work with. Hopefully Dauberman, Muschietti, and crew do this crucial and terrifying subplot justice.