IT and IT Chapter 2 director Andy Muschietti has described Stephen King as his hero, telling RTÉ Entertainment "everything I learned about storytelling, I probably learned from him."

Muschietti brought King's horror novel IT to the big screen in 2017, and the film went on to become a critical and commercial hit.

As he embarked on the second instalment, the director included King in the process as he "wanted to share what we're doing with him."

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"After the first movie Stephen King reacted very well to it, he really liked it, so we started connecting and the second part, I wanted to share what we're doing with him. With the first one we were more distant," Muschietti told RTÉ Entertainment.

"He's a great guy, he's my hero actually, I grew up looking up at him and everything I learned about storytelling I probably learned from him, so it was great to have him around.

"He's very respectful of what an adaptation is, he has this philosophy of non-intervention when it comes to an adaptation but I wanted to hear his thoughts on what we were doing and he gave me a list of things he would like to see in the movie."

It Chapter 2 hits cinemas on September 6.

Check out our interview with stars James McAvoy and Jessica Chastain:

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