IT Chapter Two: Bill Skarsgard Wants To Delve Into The Mind Of Pennywise
The latest adaptation of Stephen King’s IT has become one of the most successful horror movies of all time, and 2019 will see the release of the sequel. Bill Skarsgård, who plays Pennywise the Clown, has some personal things he wants to delve into in the sequel.
Talking to IGN, Skarsgård says he wants to get into the mind of the character this time around. He says:
“The first movie worked so well at what it is trying to do, I think, and ultimately that is the kids’ story, and you sort of fall in love with these kids. And the second one will be the adult story. And I think the right way to do it is to make that movie actively different. I think there might be worth exploring sort of the psychological aspects of horror, but also maybe the sort of cosmological existence of this being. What is he, and where does he come from?”
Delving into the story of Pennywise actually gets kind of weird since he’s literally an alien who is the natural enemy of a cosmic turtle (like I said, weird). Then again, some other people think that the mystery behind Pennywise’s origin is what makes him truly scary. Revealing who he really is will just make him less of a threat.
In dealing with the abstract concept of Pennywise, Skarsgard comments:
“it’s hardly answered in the novel, either. I mean, it’s very abstract. And I kind of like that. IT could be almost a sort of [serialized] sort of psychedelic trip if you go into the mind of Pennywise. And if you’ve read the novel you know that they do actually go into his mind. Or they go into this transdimensional place, and they sort of beat him in this place. Which might be interesting, what that place would be, and what would it look like. There’s opportunities, I think, and I’m excited for it.”
The movie was such a huge success, and Skarsgard has made a Pennywise that will scare a whole new generation. With the first movie being such a hit, hopefully the sequel will be able to satisfy audiences just as well.
IT: Chapter Two will come out Sept. 6, 2019.