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So What Happened to the ‘IT’ Director’s Cut We Were Promised?

Also, are we going to see Pennywise eat that baby or what?

Just yesterday, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment sent out an exciting press release. Andy Muschietti’s IT, the biggest horror hit of all time, will be available for digital rental on December 19, subsequently arriving on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack/Blu-ray Combo Pack/DVD on January 9, 2018.

The forthcoming home video release of IT will include three featurettes and, most notably, eleven deleted & extended scenes that we did not see in theaters.

What will not be included, however, is the hotly anticipated Director’s Cut that Andy Muschietti himself recently promised. Just about a month ago, Andy and sister/producer Barbara Muschietti revealed those exciting plans to Yahoo.

We’re gonna do a director’s cut,” Barbara told the outlet. Andy chimed in, “Probably there will be like… probably an extra 15 minutes… for hardcore fans.”

Mind you, those extra 15 (or so) minutes will likely be found within those eleven deleted/extended scenes headed home next year, but it’s a bummer to learn that the release will not be including a cut of the film with those scenes actually put back into it. We can’t help but wonder if WB plans to double dip, re-releasing the film as a Director’s Cut in the near future.

For now, we do have an idea what you can expect from the deleted scenes package. In the same chat with Yahoo, Andy Muschietti teased two deleted scenes in particular.

There’s a great [deleted] scene… it’s a bit of a payoff of the Stanley Uris plot. The bar mitzvah,” Muschietti hinted. “He delivers a speech against all expectations in the room… he just goes on with a speech that is completely unexpected, basically blaming all the adults of Derry. And it has a great resolution.”

There’s [also] a very funny bit in the quarry,” he continued, digging into another excised scene. “The quarry scene is extended. After the spitting contest… they’re on the cliff, the edge of the cliff… they’re having a spitting contest and they have to jump. And then Beverly shows up. We opened up that moment and we extended it, and there’s like… it escalates into something that is completely weird and… irrelevant to the scene… but it’s so funny. Jack Grazer, who plays Eddie, does something that is completely bonkers.”

Young star Jaeden Lieberher (Bill Denbrough) also recently teased an alternate final battle sequence that was shot but ultimately excised from the film.

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,” he recalled. “But they took those lines and put 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.”

Of course, the most noteworthy deleted scene is one Bill Skarsgård recently described, noting that it was “really, really disturbing“: the “Pennywise eats a baby” scene.

There was a scene we shot that was a flashback from the 1600s, before Pennywise [was 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.”

Presumably, we *will* be seeing these (and other) deleted scenes on January 9, but at this time we haven’t been able to unearth any information about a possible Director’s Cut.

We’ll continue digging and report back when we learn more.



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COMMENTS

37 Comments
  • Crap I wanted to see that gory scene … :<

  • So the director’s cut is cancelled? Damn…

    • Jarle Solbakken Fremstad

      It’s probably coming when the second one hits the home market.

      • But if that’s the case, I don’t think there would be this many deleted scenes on the Blu-Ray.

  • David Tucker

    How much you want to bet they’re going to release a combined-movie version once the sequel has hit DVD in a couple years. A 6-hour long epic with all the deleted scenes and everything added back in… Maybe even re-arranging some scenes to make it a full movie, similar to the books. The director said he wished they could’ve done more transitioning between adults and children, but the script was pretty much already locked down when he came on board… maybe this will end up being similar to Tarantino’s long-talked about, Kill Bill: The Whole Bloody Affair.

  • Cosmo

    I haven’t seen any unrated or extended cuts of any movie from Warner Bros. released in quite a while, so that could probably be part of the reason why they’re releasing just the theatrical cut at this point. But if they were to release it, I wouldn’t be shocked in the slightest if they waited until 2019 and flew it into stores just in time for the sequel’s release.

    • Mamet006

      Are you forgetting the extended cuts of Batman V Superman and Suicide Squad?

    • zero2815

      Batman vs Superman had a extended cut that filled in key plot holes.

      • Cosmo

        Y’know, I completely forgot that BvS and Suicide Squad had extended cuts until literally just now.

  • I think we’ll see it, but it will be one of the two options that people have already mentioned, which both make sense from a marketing perspective–either right before Part II comes out (“Relive the original as you have never seen it before, now with additional horrific footage. Just in time to prepare for your second meeting with Pennywise!”) Or at the same time as the second on hits home media.

    Even more likely, because it could help people make a “triple-dip”: we’ll get the extended version of Part 1 when Part II comes out. Then an extended edition of Part II about six months after that. And then the “Blended Ultimate Extended Edition” that edits everything together about six months to a year after that. That way, the hardcore people buy five versions, and Warner cashes the checks with happy faces, while people complain about being “forced” to spend money. (Not that I am a fan of double-dipping, but it doesn’t actually “force” anyone to spend money.)

  • BCB

    Expected, bit I still held out hope for a proper directors cut.

  • Don’t worry, they will sell you the Director’s Cut after you guys are all done buying the regular cut. $$$

    • Bla Blah

      My thoughts exactly.

  • astronauta69

    i would prefer a Fukunaga’s cut tbh

  • Grimphantom

    Well duh, they are going for re-releasing the movie with extra stuff each one they make one. I’ll just buy a normal one or wait for the ultimate edition

  • Kane

    wanna know why piracy exists? everyone has been waiting for the home release (and the directors cut they promised) but since they are shafting us until a later date people will buy the theatrical blu ray and just pirate the directors cut at a later date instead of buying both. they do it to themselves to be honest.

    • Mister B

      That’s not necessarily true. Some people might pirate the theatrical cut and buy the director’s cut.

      • Daniel Kennard

        That’s a good point. I was planning on picking up the 4k disc, but I think I’ll get an ultraviolet code off of ebay until it’s clear as to what their plans are regarding the director’s cut

    • sailor monsoon

      Piracy exists because people are assholes.
      Don’t blame studios because people want to steal.
      Either wait till there’s a directors cut or buy both versions but don’t blame them because you want to justify theft.

  • MrX13

    Definitely buying this BluRay movie!!

  • Chris

    Obviously gonna be a double dip…. Duh

  • Saying Like It Is

    That’s typical Hollywood. Make promises, break them and when it affects sales they’ll just blame it on the pirates.

  • Bla Blah

    The Pennywise flashback scene won’t be included on the directors cut. It will be in the sequel. They said that already

  • zombie84_41

    i wanta see the orgy scene

    • Mr. Red Right Hand

      same

    • Lady Bathory

      Victor Salva? Is that you?

      • zombie84_41

        Oh no im kevin spacey. btw im gay! So it makes it ok… lollll.

        but on a serious note though how did king get that into the book ? its so creepy if king wrote that now everybody be spazzing. But i really wanta see the baby eatten scene not that shit

  • Billy James Conley

    I wanna see the missing Henry Bowers scenes

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