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To say that IT has been successful would be an understatement. Along with earning mostly positive reviews from critics and regular moviegoers alike, the theatrical adaptation of Stephen King's 1986 novel has already made more than $217 million worldwide after just a week in theaters. It will be a few years before IT Chapter 2 reunites moviegoers with the members of The Losers' Club as adults, but for those who especially enjoyed this first movie, director Andres Muschietti and producer Barbara Muschietti have announced that an IT director's cut is on the way for home media, and it's expected to include at least 15 minutes of extra footage.
One of the main additions to the IT director's cut, according to Andres Muschietti, will be an longer version of the quarry scene, where The Loser's Club work up the courage to jump from a cliff into the water below. Here's a moment in that scene that was cut out, according to the director:
After the spitting contest it escalates into something that is completely weird and irrelevant to the scene but is so funny. Jack Grazer, who plays Eddie, does something that is completely bonkers.
Since Andres and Barbara Muschietti only learned from Warner Bros that they'd been tasked with putting together an IT director's cut the morning before speaking with Yahoo, obviously they haven't planned out everything that will be included to the extended version. However, right before they revealed that the director's cut is in the works, Andres Muschietti noted that there was one scene that he found difficult to cut out of the IT theatrical release. He explained:
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!
While IT's home release date hasn't been announced yet, given the standard timeframe with movies nowadays transitioning from theaters to Blu-ray/DVD/Digital HD, one would imagine that the horror hit will be available for purchase this winter. Maybe Warner Bros will even try to get it ready in time for the holiday season, in which case Andres and Barbara Muschietti will need to work quickly to put together this extended version. Because nothing screams Christmas like an evil shapeshifting entity that loves to target children as a creepy clown. At two hours and 15 minutes, the IT theatrical cut is already packed with a lot of material, but now the hardcore fans can look forward to even more footage in a few months time.