Director’s Cut Of It: Chapter One On The Way


by Owen Williams |
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One of the biggest box office hits of the year is, unusually, a horror movie. Andy Muschietti's adaptation of Stephen King's It currently has a worldwide haul of about $700m. The DVD and Blu-ray arrive in January, but if you're champing at the bit to own a copy of what, unadjusted for inflation,is officially the most successful horror movie of all time, you might want to hold off: a director's cut is on the way at a later date.

Muschietti had mentioned a potential director's cut previously. When that version turned out not to be the one immediately slated for home release, Bloody Disgusting hit him up for some information, and he confirmed that it's still on the cards, "but in a few months".

The director's cut is thought to be about 15 minutes longer than the theatrical version. Fans of the film have been champing at the bit for one missing scene in particular, since Pennywise actor Bill Skarsgård mentioned it earlier this year. "There was a scene that we shot that was a flashback from the 1600s, before Pennywise [was Pennywise]," he told Variety. "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."

Whether that's included or will be held over for It: Chapter Two remains to be seen. That film, dealing with the other half of King's weighty novel, is currently due in September, 2019, with Muschietti directing once again. The theatrical cut of It: Chapter One, arrives in the UK on Blu-ray on January 15 – and does include a few deleted scenes as extra features.

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