‘IT’ Director’s Cut Could Be 15 Minutes Longer Than Theatrical Release

Andy Muschietti just made every IT mega fan’s day.
By  · Published on September 15th, 2017

Andy Muschietti just made every IT mega fan’s day.

The newest Stephen King adaptation has been in cinemas for just a week, and already, super exciting news has come down the pipeline. Speaking to Yahoo!, IT director Andy Muschietti and producer Barbara Muschietti revealed there will indeed be a director’s cut of the beloved first chapter. This cut is specifically for “hardcore fans,” and especially involve the children that make up The Losers’ Club.

“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!”

There will reportedly also be a “very funny” version of the quarry scene where The Losers’ Club dive into a lake beneath a cliff, involving the children partaking in gin to work up the courage for the free fall. Muschietti reckons there would be up to 15 minutes of additional screen time, bringing the total runtime of a director’s cut to 2 hours and 30 minutes — which is honestly not as hefty as some of the superhero fare out there.

It sounds like IT team really ensured that “irrelevant” moments were shaved from the final cut to suit a theatrical release. Overall, it’s a big relief that despite all that trimming, the chemistry between members of The Losers’ Club remained intact to carry the movie (and audiences will remain grateful that one of the most controversial scenes in the original text was completely axed). Heart and soul balance out the sinister darkness of Derry, its inhabitants, and a certain killer clown, with the movie being “ultimately a tale of friendship, the power of that bond, and how the strength of true relationships can overcome most any obstacle.” So if a director’s cut signals more of that camaraderie, it will probably serve to amplify the film’s resonance.

Sheryl Oh often finds herself fascinated (and let's be real, a little obsessed) with actors and their onscreen accomplishments, developing Film School Rejects' Filmographies column as a passion project. She's not very good at Twitter but find her at @sherhorowitz anyway. (She/Her)