Screenwriter Gary Dauberman really wanted to put Street Fighter 2 in It: Chapter Two, but had to settle for the franchise's first title

Beep beep, Richie

Posted by John 'Velociraptor' Guerrero • September 13, 2019 at 2:03 p.m. PDT

When people think of old school Street Fighter from back in the arcade days, they really don't think of Street Fighter 1. Though the franchise owes a lot to the first entry, it's was Street Fighter 2 that comes to mind during nostalgic memories, and it was Street Fighter 2 that screenwriter Gary Dauberman wanted to feature in It: Chapter Two.

If you've seen the new film, which released into theaters on September 6, then you know that it's actually Street Fighter 1 that made the final cut. Dauberman explains why in a recent interview with Inverse.

The temptation to use the easily more-recognizable Street Fighter 2 must have been strong, but Dauberman did the research and realized that the timeline was off by just two years, and he wanted to maintain some honesty for those of us who would have fact-checked him.

"I looked at what would be in the arcades in 1989, and it’s Street Fighter," he explains to Inverse. "Frankly, I wanted Street Fighter 2, but that happened years later. But yes, I did write that in because I’m just a huge video game guy."

Indeed the writer does show he has been in a fighting game community-filled arcade or two, recalling the ritual of placing quarters onto busy arcade cabinets in order to officially mark one's place in line.

Shortly after we see some SF1 action in the film, the titular character taunts the grown-up version of Richie Tozier (Bill Hader) by asking if he'd like to run some matches in Street Fighter.

There's a good bit more to the Inverse interview, as Dauberman actually reveals which character It would most likely play if it were to actually sit down for a few rounds of Street Fighter 2.

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