Granted, we already knew that this was on the cards, but up until now, we weren’t sure when exactly we could expect to see it. Thanks to Bloody-Disgusting, though, we’ve received an update today, as Muschietti told the outlet that his Director’s Cut would be released in “a few months” – which pegs it for an early 2018 debut. Unfortunately, he wouldn’t get anymore specific than that, but in the meantime, fans can look forward to the theatrical version of It hitting Blu-ray in January.
From what we know, it’ll be a must-buy release, too, as Warner Bros. has packed in a ton of deleted scenes, which have been outlined as follows:
“Georgie Catches Boat (Opening Gag Scene)”: When Georgie grabs for the boat in the opening…he gets it and walks away, saying “See you later!” to a frustrated Pennywise. Gotta admit, I laughed.
“Stanley’s Dad corrects him (Extended scene)”: Stanley is reciting Hebrew in a synagogue, but his Dad jumps in to correct his pronunciation.
“Denbrough family dinner”: Bill sits at the dinner table while his Dad reads a magazine and his Mum washes up. Bill starts talking about their family trip for the year, but his Mum walks off upset. His Dad explains that Georgie was really looking forward to it.
“Bill’s Dad looks in the basement, et al”: After Bill has his encounter with Pennywise in the basement, he runs into his father. His Dad has a look in the basement, doesn’t find anything, and tells Bill to go to bed. Meanwhile, Henry tries to sneak out past his Dad, and gets into a car with Victor and Belch. They see Mike ride past on his bike.
“Outside the Neibolt house”: Mike, Beverly, Ben and Stanley are outside the house while Bill, Eddie and Richie are inside. Stanley talks about not being able to go inside while Mike comforts him. Ben places his hand on Beverly’s shoulder.
The deleted scenes continue below:
“Evacuating the Neibolt house (Extended scene)”: Just an extended scene of the Losers’ Club leaving the house and getting on their bikes.
“Stanley’s Bar Mitzvah speech”: Self-explanatory. Stanley delivers a speech after his Bar Mitzvah about “indifference,” during which there’s a brief montage showing what the other kids are up to. He makes a bit of a scene and storms off while Richie claps.
“Eddie at Keene’s pharmacy (Extended scene)”: Just an extended scene at the pharmacy as Eddie talks to the girl who signs his cast with “Loser.”
“Henry and Bullies wait outside (Extended scene)”: As the Losers’ Club heads into the Neibolt house, Henry sits in his car with his face covered in blood. Belch and Victor are dead with throats slit.
“The Losers find Georgie’s walkie”: Bill picks up Georgie’s walkie right before Henry attacks Mike at the top of the well.
“Denbrough family vacation”: After saying goodbye to Beverly at the end of the movie, Bill and his parents are packing for the family vacation Bill was talking about in an earlier deleted scene. This subplot does kind of enhance the family dynamic. As the car drives away, the camera pulls in to the drain where Georgie was taken. Camera stops, and rain starts to hit the pavement. This would have been a perfect final shot.
Presumably, all of these will be thrown back into the Director’s Cut along with a few others. Maybe we’ll even get to see that much discussed scene where Pennywise eats a baby? We can only hope. Regardless of what ends up in the extended version, fans will surely appreciate getting a look at Muschietti’s original vision for the film, before some of it had to be left on the cutting room floor.
It may be finished its theatrical run, but the horror hit will scurry out of the sewers and onto Blu-ray in time for January 9th, 2018, and you can place your pre-order on Amazon now if you’re interested in picking it up.