Director Andy Muschietti and his producer/sister Barbara Muschietti have confirmed that New Line has requested a Director’s Cut of the film. In an interview with Yahoo!, the sibling filmmakers revealed that an extended version of the film would “probably [be] an extra 15 minutes for hardcore fans”.
Considering It is Stephen King’s second-longest book – a whopping 1,138 pages – it’s understandable that quite a bit had to be left out in the screenplay adaptation, even if the film covers only one of the book’s two alternating time periods. It’s no surprise then to learn that more trimming was needed; some filmed scenes had to be left on the cutting room floor in order to craft a leaner theatrical version.
Andy described a couple of the deleted scenes that might make it into the Director’s Cut. One particular moment that Andy brings up when asked if there were any “that were particularly painful to let go of” focuses on Stanley Uris (Wyatt Oleff) and is set during his bar mitzvah.
“It’s a bit of a payoff of the Stanley Uris plot which is the bar mitzvah, where he delivers a speech against all expectation. It’s basically blaming all the adults of Derry [for the town’s history of child disappearances], and it has a great resolution.”
Another cut scene takes place during the spitting contest scene, which finds the Losers’ Club spitting into a lake from the edge of a cliff.
“After the spitting contest it escalates into something that is completely weird and irrelevant to the scene but is so funny. Jack Grazer, who plays Eddie, does something that is completely bonkers.”
An added 15 minutes of footage means the Director’s Cut will be clocking in at around 2 and a half hours in length.