By most accounts, Andy Muscietti‘s adaptation of the first part of Stephen King’s ‘It’ was a slam dunk. The film was a major hit at the box office and most fans came away happy with the creepy, if somewhat modified screen version. But considering the source novel is over 1,000 pages long, some concessions needed to be made and one such edit was the alternate ending to the movie.
Now that ‘It’ has been released on home video, this deleted scene has surfaced. While it only varies slightly from the conclusion to the film, the final shot teases the second part of the adaptation and the return of Pennywise.
The de facto leader of The Losers Club, Bill Denbrough (Jaeden Lieberher) and his mom (Pip Dwyer) bid farewell to Derry and the horrors that occurred there, but just as they drive off, the sunny day suddenly becomes rainy and… well, watch for yourself below. (Note, the big reveal is at the very end of the clip.)
Of course, everyone knew that ‘It’ was being split into two movies, with Muscietti telling the story of what happened to the kids in the first movie, then jumping ahead in time to the present and detailing what happens when they are forced to return to Derry when It (Bill Skarsgård) returns. (In the book and original TV movie adaptation, the creature is referred to as “It” because it changes forms more frequently than it did in the theatrical film, which mainly stuck to its Pennywise manifestation.)
Muschietti hopes to begin production on the second film soon, having said:
“Ideally, we would start prep in March. Part one is only about the kids. Part two is about these characters 30 years later as adults, with flashbacks to 1989 when they were kids.”
Reportedly, two scenes shot for the first movie, but cut would be incorporated into the second, including the fire at the Black Spot.
In the meantime, ‘It’ (now often called ‘It: Chapter One’ to differentiate it from the inevitable follow-up) is now available on digital, DVD and Blu-Ray with 11 extended/deleted scenes and several featurettes.
Are you excited to relive ‘It’ in the safety of your own home?