IT is having one hell of a ride. IT has, as of this weekend, earned $218.7 million domestically to become the top-grossing September release in history, as well as the second highest grossing R-rated horror film of all time, behind only the The Exorcist, and IT‘s good, proven by the great word of mouth that allowed the film to slip only 51% from its $123 million opening weekend to this weekend’s $60 million. That may sound like a lot, but 51% is actually a very low drop for a film to take from the opening weekend to the second.
We recently shared that a director’s cut of IT will be coming late this year with examples of two scenes to expect. Actor Bill Skarsgard, who plays Pennywise the dancing clown, revealed to Variety‘s Playback podcast another particularly interesting cut scene from the film, though it is unclear if it will reappear in the director’s cut:
“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 [flashback] scene hints on that. ”
So, maybe the scene won’t be a part of the director’s cut, as IT: Chapter 2 is currently in development, and as Skarsgard suggests, elements like this concerning Pennywise’s origin may be saved for the sequel. In fact, the way they are shooting IT: Chapter 2, it’s possible the scene could be saved even from the deleted scenes section of the home release of the first film and cut into the second film.
The real question, based on the quote, is if the scene was cut from a narrative perspective to leave Pennywise more mysterious, or if the scene itself really was too disturbing? Maybe if it was too disturbing for an R-rating, it may find a home on the unrated director’s cut, after all. Either way is fine with me, as long as we get to see this scene eventually. I’m down for something disturbing.
Does this flashback from the 1600s sound like something you would have wanted to see? Or is Pennywise best left mostly unexplained until the sequel, or even through the entire franchise? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section below!
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SOURCE: Variety‘s Playback Podcast