'It' to Get a Director's Cut, Confirms Andy Muschietti
Posted 2017/09/14 3067 0
It is getting supersized!!!
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. As of Wednesday, it has grossed $152 million domestically. In a new interview with Yahoo Movies, Muschietti was asked about the challenge of adapting King’s iconic 1168 page novel and whether not there were any scenes he regretting leaving on the cutting room floor when he revealed the director’s cut will be included with the film’s home release:
“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 Muschietti then went on to add that both she and Andy just learned about it this morning:
“Right, we are going to do a director’s cut. We were told this morning.”
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.”
The filmmaker had assembled longer cuts during the production process before ultimately trimming the film to 2 hours, 15 minutes for its theatrical release. Warner Bros. has not announced a specific release date for DVD/Blu-ray, but it is expected to arrive in time for the holidays, because nothing says Yuletide cheer like a demonic, children-devouring harlequin.