Those who were left wanting more of Andrés Muschietti’s adaptation of IT will be happy to know that a director’s cut will be released with the home edition at the end of the year. IT has been breaking records non-stop since being released, and the movie is expected to keep doing so as it’s released in other countries.
With Andrés Muschietti (Mamá) as director, and Bill Skarsgård (Hemlock Grove) as Pennywise, IT has already shattered box office records as the biggest horror movie opening ever and the highest-grossing Stephen King movie at U.S box office. Many factors have contributed to the movie’s success, especially the way the story was adapted to the big screen, which makes us wonder how many scenes and details were left on the cutting room floor. Luckily, Warner Bros. is planning on releasing a director’s cut for fans to enjoy.
In an interview with Yahoo! Movies, when asked if there were any scenes that were especially difficult to leave out of the final version, Muschietti and his producer, Barbara Muschietti, shared that Warner Bros. had asked them to produce a director’s cut. Andrés explained:
“There’s a great scene, it’s a bit of a payoff of the Stanley Uris plot which is the bar mitzvah, where he delivers a speech against all expectations… it’s basically blaming all the adults of Derry [for the town’s history of deadly ‘accidents’ and child disappearances], and it has a great resolution… Maybe it will be in the director’s cut!”
Barbara added that they were told that morning that a director’s cut has been planned.
Stephen King’s novel spans over 1,000 pages, so there surely is a lot of material that had to be cut off for the theatrical release, which ended up running 2 hours and 15 minutes. As for how long this extra-material could be, Andrés shared it’s probably “an extra 15 minutes for hardcore fans," including a “very funny” extended version of the quarry scene – or, the spitting contest prior to jumping off a cliff.
“After the spitting contest it escalates into something that is completely weird and irrelevant to the scene but is so funny. Jack Grazer, who plays Eddie, does something that is completely bonkers.”
There’s no release date for the DVD/Blu-ray but it’s expected to arrive at the end of the year, just in time for the holidays. In the meantime, the Muschietti duo will move on with Hulu’s Locke & Key pilot, based on the comic book by Joe Hill, while also starting work on the story for IT: Chapter Two.
It will be especially interesting to see if the extra material includes moments or details from the novel or if they are completely new. While the movie was loyal to the main moments, character treats, and details of the novel, there were some additions to the story that managed to maintain the essence of the characters – such as the aforementioned quarry scene.
Source: Yahoo! Movies
- IT Chapter Two (2019) release date: Sep 06, 2019