With IT continuing to kick ass and take names at the box office, it’s only natural that many fans are already rabidly looking forward to the sequel, which will adapt the adult half of King’s novel.
Director Andy Muschetti plans to return to direct IT: Chapter 2, and hopes to begin production on the sequel by spring 2018. This would make a 2019 theatrical release a likely proposition.
That said, it was revealed earlier this week that there are still some parts of the first IT film that fans haven’t seen, but will be included on a director’s cut DVD and Blu-Ray release later this year.
However, it turns out that at least one deleted scene from IT may instead be saved for Chapter 2. This information comes courtesy of Pennywise actor Bill Skarsgard, who recently spilled details concerning said scene to Variety. Here’s what he had to say.
“There was a scene we shot that was a flashback from the 1600s, before Pennywise [was Pennywise],” Skarsgard said. “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.”
With Muschetti saying in recent interviews that IT: Chapter 2 will explore Pennywise’s origins, it makes sense that the decision would be made to hold this already shot scene back for the sequel.
Now, the following is just speculation on my part as a big IT fan, but I’m figuring that the flashback in question might detail where exactly the titular monster acquired the Pennywise identity from.
With Skarsgard saying above that he’s “not the clown” in the flashback scene, perhaps he’s playing the human behind the original Pennywise the Dancing Clown character.
Maybe IT has seen the real Pennywise perform, becomes enamored with his look and style, and decides to assume this identity as a means to lure in future victims. Again though, I’m just taking an educated guess.