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It is a 2017 American horror film directed by Andy Muschietti and is the second adaptation of Stephen King's 1986 novel of the same after Tommy Lee Wallace's 1990 miniseries. The plot involves a group of seven kids that live in the fictional town of Derry, Maine where they are terrorized by the titular shape-shifting demon who takes on the appearance of their biggest fears: it's most preferred form being Pennywise the Dancing Clown. The movie's first director was going to be Cary Fukunaga who proposed a much different film that was going to be darker, edgier, and strayed very far from the original book. Some of the highlights from Cary's draft include Pennywise being played by Will Poulter, It appearing to Stan as a naked woman, the Kitchener Ironworks where Patrick Hockstetter would have met his demise, the Black Spot where Mike's father dies in a fire started by the KKK, and Beverly's issues with her father being a lot more explicit. He left the project in 2015 and was taken over by Andy. The final film was a box office success grossing over $701 million worldwide (making it one of the highest-grossing horror films of all time), received positive reviews, and gained a sequel in 2019 with another It movie rumored to be in development. Eleven of the film's deleted scenes (more of Bill's parents being ignorant to Pennywise's influence, Belch and Victor killed by Henry, etc.) were included on the film's Blu-Ray DVD and the extended version of Stanley's bar mitzvah was in the theatrical cut of It: Chapter 2. But there was one scene from the original script that was said to have been filmed yet was never released to the public.

The Deleted Scene in Details

In a September 2017 interview, Bill Skargard, the actor who played Pennywise, revealed that he shot "a flashback scene in the 1600s, but it turned out really disturbing and that he looked more like himself then he did the clown." He stated that the idea was to "provide a backstory of what It is, or where Pennywise came from" and that they would "explore it in the second movie." On that same year, Reddit user lundgrenos posted a description of the removed scene onto r/ItTheMovie. Taken from a 2016 draft of It penned by Gary Dauberman and Andy Muschietti immediately after Cary Fukunaga departed from the project, the scene in question involves a flashback in the year 1637 as a woman named Abigail runs into the Well House, which serves as It's lair in the movie, where she tries to calm down her crying baby. All of a sudden, an unnatural force causes the chandelier lights in the room to rapidly rotate and a black silhouette slithers from the well's gray shadows. It turns out to be none other than a naked, pale Pennywise with a barely human-like body and his huge maw full of razor-sharp teeth. As the lights hit his face, It takes on different forms at once - a man, woman, beast, and a monster. Pennywise boasts to Abigail about being the "Eater of Worlds" upon hearing her call him "the Devil" and smells the fear of her child whose crying keeps getting louder. Abigal tries offering herself to the monster in the hopes her child will be spared, but threatens to take him anyway along with her husband and the rest of the world where he'll feast on their meat, bones and souls until there's nothing left but weeds. Another sadistic option It offers is that he takes him (the baby) and will spare the lives of both Abigail and her other child being a six year old boy, who walks in on the situation only to be angrily told to "get out" by his mother. By this point, Pennywise seems to have disappeared yet the light in the room spins faster than ever. Abigail kisses her baby one last time and tearfully tells him that she's "sorry" before setting him down and turns away from it. The dying embers begin to glow brighter as over her shoulder, Pennywise slowly crawls towards the baby as it cries one last time before we hear a sickening crunch; implying that It ate the baby. Abigail keeps looking at the bright orange glow of the flickering "fire" which turns out to be nothing more than It's Deadlights: a writhing series of radiant orange lights that originated from the Macroverse and causes anyone who takes one mere glance at the lights either death or permanent insanity.

A leaked screenshot of Bill Skarsgard as "Pennywise" from the deleted scene where It eats a baby.

In a 2019 interview with CinePop for It: Chapter 2, Andy Muschietti confirmed that the scene does in fact exist and they filmed the whole sequence, but mentioned that he "could not talk about it until it lands on some version of the movie." He is probably referring to the Director's Cut editions of Chapter 1 and 2 which were promised by his wife Barbara, yet practically no information or a scheduled release date is known about it. The only bit of evidence for this scene's existence so far is a shot of Bill Skarsgard as Pennywise with an entirely red make-up design; no doubt the role of the "Devil" that Abigail was trying to curse away. The deleted scene is most likely in safe hands at either the Warner Brothers movie studio or within the Muschietti household. But until either Director's Cut editions are properly announced or a "Chapter 3" movie is released with the full scene intact, it's highly unlikely we'll ever get to see the highly uncomfortable sequence of Pennywise feasting on a baby in full motion.

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