Fans of Stephen King’s book Itwill notice some parts missing from the upcoming feature adaptation. But rather than getting upset or looking for deleted scenes on the DVD, they just have to wait until the follow-up. Director Andres Muschietti and producer Barbara Muschietti are certain there will be a sequel and they even suggest how that second movie will begin.
In an interview with Collider from the set of It, the Muschiettis explain that some things were cut for budgetary reasons. Barbara explains about one particular scene from the book and an early draft of the script (by Cary Fukunaga and Chase Palmer) involving a massacre at the Black Spot club:
They were able to [incorporate it into the script], but they were not able to incorporate it into the budget. Just like we weren’t able to, but it’s going in the second…that sequence with the Black Spot, we think it’s gonna be a great opening for the next film.
Andres also tells of scenes they couldn’t afford that potentially will also be filmed later for the follow-up:
There are two sequences that I thought of that I had to postpone until more money comes. One is a flashback that sort of portrays the first encounter of It and humans, which is an amazing scene. And the other is a dream, where Bill (Jaeden Lieberher) sees — he’s leaning on a bridge, in Derry, and he’s spitting on the Kenduskeag Stream — and suddenly he sees the reflection of a balloon. And he looks up and it’s not one balloon, but a bunch of balloons, and then he starts to see body parts, and the shot goes wider and it’s a multitude of dead kids floating. I couldn’t afford it.
The description of the second scene sure makes It sound like the R-rated horror movie that fans have been wishing for. But will they be okay with these things — plus an orgy scene and a grand cosmic mythology element that Collider confirms aren’t part of this adaptation — not being in the movie?
The plan has always been that It would be two movies, with the first installment centering on the main characters as kids as they’re terrorized by a monster who appears to them in the form of a clown named Pennywise (Bill Skarsgard), and the second movie dealing with them later when they’re adults.
That idea probably will be able to happen, given the anticipation surrounding It ahead of the movie’s release, but nothing is set for sure. The second part isn’t expected to start shooting until next year, if greenlit. We’ll see how successful the first installment is when it hits theaters on September 8.