Last week, It director Andy Muschietti teased the director’s cut of his box office record breaker, describing two cut scenes in particular that will be unveiled come the film’s home video release. Talking on Variety’s Playback podcast, star Bill Skarsgård has described another scene which never made the 135-minute final cut, and one we’ll hopefully see in the extended cut of the film.
“There was a scene we shot that was a flashback from the 1600s, before Pennywise [became Pennywise],” Skarsgård revealed. “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.”
The promise of seeing this scene should cause some excitement with those familiar with the book, which delves deep into the various appearances over the centuries of the entity that would come to be known as Pennywise. It’s history in Derry was touched upon in the film through Ben Hanscom’s research and what Mike Hanlon has learned from his Grandfather, but with some of the book’s most memorable scenes taking place decades before the story begins, it certainly feels as though there’s more fleshing out of the character to come.
“That might be something worth exploring in the second one,” Skarsgård continued, “the idea is the ‘It’ entity was dormant for thousands and thousands of years. The [flashback] scene hints on that.”
It’s going to be a long wait for It’s blu-ray release, let alone the second film which, as far as I’m concerned could clock in at twice the runtime of part 1.
Words: Kevan Farrow (@KevanX)