Stephen King’s seminal novel IT opens with a horrifying scene; little Georgie Denbrough encounters Pennywise the Dancing Clown in a storm drain and talks to him with childlike innocence. The film’s antagonistic gets the horror started quickly, severing Georgie’s arm before pulling him into the sewers and to his death. According to Pennywise actor Bill Skarsgård, when filming Andy Muschietti’s summer adaption, they intentionally tried to keep the scene as playful as possible in order to help the child actor.
This may explain the alternate opening sequence that has made its way online. In this version, Georgie retrieves his paper boat without incident and returns home none the wiser, with Pennywise left aghast. See for yourself!
This alternative gag opening will be accompanied by eleven deleted/extended scenes when the film is released on Blu-Ray next month. However, there’s no sign of the promised Director’s Cut that Muschietti claimed was in the works earlier this year. Running 15 minutes longer than the theatrical release, it is possible that the cut will include a scene that Skarsgård teased during a Variety interview back in September:
“There was a scene we shot that was a flashback from the 1600s… 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.”
Bloody Disgusting did some detective work on the matter and discovered that the scene would have had Pennywise appear in his real, unnatural form, and devour a baby unwilling scarified by its mother. Grim, to say the least. We might still get this cut down the line; Muschietti has confirmed on Instagram that it will be released “in a few months”, so there’s that.
If you’re desperate to get Pennywise back in your life in time for Christmas, the film was released on digital download yesterday.