IT: Chapter II will develop the chilling story of Derry, focussing on the adult half of the novel. Production is slated to begin by spring 2018, with a view to a 2019 release date. The production will keep on Andy Muschetti as director.
With such a plethora of standout moments to cover in Stephen King’s mammoth tone, it should not be surprising that certain scenes failed to make the cut. Fans of the film and novel will no doubt be eager to get their hands on the deleted scenes when IT hits the shops in DVD and Blu-ray.
However, according to Bill Skarsgard, there is one cut scene that is being held back until the sequel, one which promises a terrifying journey into the backstory of the eponymous monster.
“There was a scene we shot that was a flashback from the 1600s, before Pennywise [was Pennywise],” Skarsgard said.
“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. That might be something worth exploring in the second one. The idea is the ‘It’ entity was dormant for thousands and thousands of years. The [flashback] scene hints on that.”
It’s an intriguing titbit from Skarsgard, hinting at a backstory for IT which predates the Pennywise “look”. Certainly it raises the possibility that Pennywise, or at least something that looks a great deal like him, may actually have existed and been taken on by the supernatural form known as “IT”.
What we don’t know is how closely the film intends to mirror the original Stephen king origin story, a fantastic piece of dark cosmic psychedelia (complete with giant turtle), in which IT is a creature from King’s Lovecraftian Macroverse.
With Muschetti promising that the sequel will explore Pennywise’s origins (while, we hope, allowing him to retain some of his mystery), it seems likely that these questions will be answered when Chapter II hits cinemas in 2019.