Even though IT Chapter Two is nearly three hours long, the director has been teasing a possible supercut of the two films with brand new footage.
Prior to the film’s released, Andy Muschietti proposed his idea for a supercut with completely new scenes that haven’t been shot yet.
“I am thinking of a supercut,” Muschietti said to Cinema Blend. “Which is basically the two movies told one after the other, adding everything that was lifted from them for length purposes. Great scenes that are more character moments, or things that we had to lift for other reasons. I’m also very excited about shooting extra material.”
He added that the supercut version would probably be about six and a half hours long.
“This is only an expression of desire, of course,” he said. “The supercut is something that is not yet out as an idea. We have to talk about it. But I definitely want to make a supercut with material that nobody has seen because it was lifted from Chapter Two. But also new stuff, new material.”
He clarified that the films wouldn’t be blended together, but played one after the other.
Now, Muschietti is teasing us even more in a recent interview with Consequence of Sound.
He revealed that reshoots are currently “under discussion” but they’re “not there yet.”
He also talked about one essential scene that will be included in the supercut featuring Maturin the Turtle, which plays a big forced in the novel and is referenced in both films. However, the turtle never makes an appearance in the movies, but a scene with Bill Denborough (James McAvoy) was shot and scrapped from Chapter 2 featuring the character. Muschietti revealed that he would like to include the (spoiler-filled) scene in the supercut.
It Chapter 2 spoiler ahead
“When you see McAvoy confronting his fear in the flooded basement,” Muschietti began. “Snd he kills the notion of guilt by killing himself as a kid, he jumps back in the water. He’s lost, there is no way out, and suddenly, the eyes of Pennywise — Pennywise Bill, the kid — come out of the dark. But it’s not Pennywise, it’s the turtle that is swimming by him. And he views the turtle and he’s sort of fascinated, like, ‘What is this thing?’, and very soon after, the kids are swimming after it. So, McAvoy follows them toward the light, and he emerges back in the cavern.”
He continued, explaining that the scene is heavily connected to the first film.
“When you see the kids in the quarry, and they’re splashing around, and one of them says, ‘There’s something in the water.’ ‘What is it?’ ‘A turtle!’ And they all go into the water,” he said. “So, this is a continuation of that scene. It’s a beautiful scene, but I had to leave it out over pacing reasons. It was very emotional, but it was not in the right moment, where things had to move faster.”
He said the scene was cut to focus on “human drama” and to avoid the risk of making it a “fantasy movie”.
He also discussed the possibility of more of Pennywise’s origin story to be included in the film, included a deleted scene that takes place in the 1600s.
“I decided not to put it in the film because it was a little confusing. You know, the problem is that people sometimes want to know a little more, but if you give them too much, then they’re disappointed. It’s like a magic trick in a way,” he said.
He said that if you reference the book, that “magic trick” happens in a way.
“Stephen King remains very cryptic about the other side, the origin of Pennywise, and he teases you with Robert Gray, and this, and that, and the turtle,” he continued. “And at the end, he opens the curtains, and shows you a lot about the other side, you know, the Macroverse? But I learned from that, that sometimes it’s better to keep things cryptic and generate mystery. It’s a balance… So yeah, that’s a scene that I love, but I will have to see how it can be re-orchestrated into the big cut if it happens.”
While he’d like to include that scene, he said it’s “too soon to tell” if it will be included for sure.
It: Chapter Two dropped in theaters last weekend and became the second-highest horror movie opening with $91 million, with the first It film beating it out for the No. 1 spot. You can see the creepy trailer for it below.
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