Hope the cast of ‘It’ is ready to keep floating. Director Andy Muschietti has already declared that he hopes that Warner Brothers will allow him to create extended director’s cuts of ‘It: Chapter One’ and ‘Two’, or better yet, a “Supercut” that would reformat the two movies into one long epic, possibly with the story jumping back and forth between the Derry Losers Club as children and adults, the way the story is told in Stephen King’s original novel. Even though the second film followed that formula, the first focused strictly on the Losers as children.
Muschietti told Entertainment Tonight‘s Ash Crossan:
“The studio probably doesn’t know this… [laughs] No, we’re in talks with the studio to make a supercut, which is basically the two movies edited together with all the material that is not in the released versions. And yeah, there are a couple of scenes that I want to shoot to make this a new experience. One thing is from the novel and the other thing is not. I want to be a little cryptic about it.”
Muschietti brought back the young cast of the first movie to film flashbacks and fantasy sequences for ‘Chapter Two’, but admitted that a chunk of the sequel’s budget had to be allocated to digitally de-aging them to make them appear the same age as they were in the first movie. (Darn adolescents! They just sprout up so fast!) Muschietti didn’t specify what else he wanted to shoot, but if any of these extra scenes involve the kids, there is that expense to factor in.
King’s novel is massive, so even though the two movies combined are over five hours long, the book is over a thousand pages long, so not everything from the source made it into the films. (Some changes were obviously made on purpose.)
While ‘Chapter One’ was a resounding hit, both financially, and in terms of reception from viewers, ‘Chapter Two’ is not going over as well. Muschietti’s original edit of the sequel was four hours long, which he whittled down to the theatrical version, which is not quite three hours long. Perhaps it was the cuts he was forced to make that wound up making the finished film so uneven. Hopefully, if he gets to add some stuff back in, it’ll result in a more satisfying experience.
However, there is always the possibility that Warner Brothers won’t approve of spending more money to shoot more scenes for a home video release, which isn’t guaranteed to make as much money as a theatrical release. If that happens, Muschietti and the fans may have to be content with him simply using what he already has.
The director added that viewers should be able to determine how they choose to consume this extra helping:
“People can choose how to see it, all in one or, you know, making little pauses. Or bingeing! Maybe it’s divided in episodes. People now, they binge a series for 10 hours of viewing, so it wouldn’t surprise me.”
What do you think? Would you like to see what Muschietti comes up with to prolong the ‘It’ watching experience?