News keeps on coming in about It. Considering its enormous box office success, I guess that’s not surprising. Firstly, in a chat with Yahoo a few days ago, It director Andy Muschietti mentioned that he was reinserting 15 minutes worth of deleted footage for the film’s home viewing release.
“There’s a great scene, it’s a bit of the Stanley Uris plot. The bar mitzvah. He delivers a speech against all expectations in the room, hejust goes on with a speech that blames all the adults of Derry. And it has a great resolution”.
“Then there’s a very funny bit in the quarry. The quarry scene is extended. Andy after the spitting scene – they’re on the clifff,the edge of the cliff…they’re having a spitting contest and they have to jump. And then Beverley shows up. We opened up that moment and we extended it and there’s like….it escalates into something that’s completely weird and irrelevant to the scene but which is so funny. Jack Graer, who plays Eddie, does something that is completely bonkers”.
And It actor Bill Skarsgård, whilst appearing on Variety’s Playback podcast, revealed that an interesting flashback sequence was shot for the film but not used.
“There was a scene we shot that was a flashback from the 1600s, before Pennywise was Pennywise. The scene turned out really, really disturbing. And I’m not the clown. I look more like myself. It’s very disturbing, and sort of a backstory for what It is, or where Pennywise came from. That might be something worth exploring in the second one. The idea is the ‘It’ entity was dormant for thousands and thousands of years. The scene hints on that.”
Well “really really disturbing” sounds good to me so I hope that we get to see this scene either put into the Blu-ray version or included in the sequel.
And it’s just come in that Jaeden Leiberher, who plays Bill, has told Variety that the climax was originally a bit different. SPOILERS. The current version of the movie ends with all of the Losers’ Club defeating Pennywise in the sewers as they overcome their fear of him, but it seems it was initially going to be less of a group effort.
“I did have this scene where I climb up the tower at the end. When I’m chasing after Georgie, I climb the tower and I’m at a one-on-one confrontation with Pennywise and then I say that I’m not afraid of him, that none of the losers are afraid of him, and that’s how we beat him. But they took those lines and put [them] toward the end, right after our big fight. So I had this whole thing where Bill Skarsgård is grabbing me and pushing me off the ledge, and I had to wear this harness. That was a more difficult scene.”
Now that’s probably enough It news for one post…