As most fans can imagine, during the adaptation process, many details from any film’s source material will have to be cut. Stephen King’s It is no different, especially considering the novel’s intense length. So intense, in fact, that the story will be getting split into two films. This has led plenty of fans curious about what will be getting cut from either film.
Collider got a chance to speak with producer Barbara Muschetti regarding these cut details, including the massacre at Black Spot – a large part of It’s past – and she had this to say:
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 on the second…that sequence with the Black Spot, we think it’s gonna be a great opening for the next film.
While you’d expect the reason to cut most of these scenes was for time, it looks like budget played the biggest part as director Andrew Muschietti explained:
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 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.
So it seems as though these scenes weren’t cut for the same reasons as some of the graphic sexual scenes involving pre-teens that didn’t make it into the film either.
A group of young kids face their biggest fears when they seek answers to the disappearance of children in their hometown of Derry, Maine. They square off against an evil clown named Pennywise, whose history of murder and violence dates back for centuries.
It hits theaters September 8, 2017.
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