Twenty seven years after the events of IT, the members of the Losers’ Club are naturally older and mostly not still living in Derry, so next year’s Andy Muschietti-directed IT: Chapter Two is tasked with bringing them all back together again. In the novel, and the 1990 mini-series, the gang reunites over Chinese dinner at Jade of the Orient, and it sounds like the 2019 sequel will be headed back to that well-known locale for more fortune cookie weirdness.
Speaking with /Film, writer Gary Dauberman talked 27-years-later reunions.
“For me it was just really fun to be able to revisit these characters and see what they’re up to 27 years later,” Dauberman told the site. “There was a challenge trying to get all those character introductions and “here’s where we are so far” which is fun to tackle. How can we find an elegant solution to introduce this many characters again to the audience?”
He continued, “In the first one, they’re all together in school so you see them in a bunch but 27 years later, I don’t think it’s a spoiler they’re sort of scattered all over the country. So we see pieces of who they’ve become which I think is really exciting. Then of course it was great to see them return to Derry. The Jade of the Orient is such a defining and iconic scene in the book. That was something I remember as a thing I was writing towards. It was like, ‘Okay, coming up is Jade of the Orient. That’s going to be super cool.’ It was a nice signpost to write towards which I dug.”
But will there be fortune cookie crabs? We’ll have to wait until next year to find out!
Pennywise returns on September 6, 2019.