It’s safe to say that the recently released remake of Stephen King’s ‘It‘ was a huge success. In its second weekend at the box office, it brought home another $60 million, which means even its second weekend was higher than every other September premiere in movie history. It’s made over $370 million worldwide against a budget of around $35 million.
During an interview with Variety’s Playback podcast, Bill Skarsgard, talked about a truly disturbing scene that was cut from the movie.
“There was a scene we shot that was a flashback from the 1600s, before Pennywise [was Pennywise], 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.”
The flashback scene was removed by the director, but Skarsgard believes the flashback scenes might make an appearance in an upcoming sequel, “That might be something worth exploring in the second one,” he said.
An earlier draft of the script included more flashback scenes, including a “colonial-set sequence where It devours a child,” and a scene in an 1800s saloon where Pennywise creepily plays a piano.
It’ll be interesting to see if the sequel gets a little darker. There were certainly some dark moments in the first one, but it was held together by some hilarious moments throughout.
Will they stay with what worked? Or will they try something a little different?