The introduction to Andy Muchietti’s take on ‘It‘ already told you that it would be a different take then the mini-series and now actor Bill Skarsgard is sharing that it was originally even more “disturbing.” A scene was cut which would have been a flashback from the 1600s that would have possibly been too much for some viewers. However, fans of the books have often complained that we didn’t get as much backstory for the town that Pennywise feeds off of so this will hopefully end up in a director’s cut.
As to the flashback which was removed from the final iteration of the movie?
“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. “
On the flipside, this might have given too much of the origin of Pennywise to some. For fans who are unfamiliar with the novel, this lack of history could be making the character even more menacing. Yes, an ever-present evil is fun to have but not knowing where it came from or why is much of the allure for many monsters.
Skarsgard mentioned it is something that could appear in the sequel so he wasn’t open to give too many details on it quite yet. If the scene doesn’t show up down the line, he may open up as to what we’re missing.
As to what else might appear in the sequel?
“The book is very abstract and metaphysical about what it means to exist and the idea of fantasy and imagination and all of these things. I think that could be cool to explore as well. It’s like, what is Pennywise? He only exists in the imagination of children. If you don’t believe him to be real, then he might not be real. There’s an interesting aspect to explore there.”
It sounds like we might be getting a bit more of an explanation on what Pennywise is in the sequel, as to where he came from that might be another story.
Do you hope they end up showing this scene of Pennywise before he becomes the iconic face of terror that he has become or do you want his origin shrouded in mystery even if we find out what exactly It is? Share your thoughts below!