Filmmaker Andy Muschietti’s “IT: Chapter Two” might be complete and ready to go for its theatrical run worldwide in two weeks, but that hasn’t stopped the director from considering tinkering with his product for future home video versions.
Speaking with SFX Magazine (via Games Radar), Muschietti says he’s open to working on a supercut that will combine parts one and two into one long feature film. He also adds that there’s potentially another cut of “IT: Chapter Two” based on his original director’s cut that was nearly four hours in length:
“The possibilities are open. There’s a version where the two movies are cut together. There’s a version where there’s a special director’s cut of number one and a special director’s cut of number two. And I’m happy to basically work on every one of them.”
None of these releases has been given the green light in terms of an official release with no plans for them at present on home video. It’s also not clear if his potential ‘supercut’ is just the film’s joined together or an ‘intercut’ version jumping back and forth between time periods like the book structure.
The talk comes as the first reactions to the film have come in with praise being heaped on actor Bill Hader’s performance and reaction seemingly along the same lines – namely that if you liked the first you’ll like the second, if you didn’t like the first this won’t change your mind. Many though indicate the film runs too long. Here’s a sampling of quotes:
“#ITChapter2 has a rushed, clumsy first act & an odd lack of chemistry among the adult Losers. But it eventually finds its footing. This is a BIG movie – a go for broke horror blockbuster not afraid to make weird choices. Bill Hader steals the show… Several issues aside, this is one of the rare Stephen King adaptations that actually understands King’s voice and successfully translates it to the screen. It captures that unapologetic earnestness mixed with a kind of aw-shucks corniness that King does so well. Is it scary? Not really. In fact, it seems more content to go for humor rather than horror. But there are a handful of genuinely nasty moments that you don’t usually get in big studio horror flicks.” – Chris Evangelista, Slashfilm
“#ITChapterTwo is big and ambitious and can’t *quite* handle the weight of its aspirations, but it’s still a fine piece of heartfelt horror. The parts that work, work REALLY well and Bill Hader is every-bit the scene-stealing standout we all hoped he’d be.” – Haleigh Foutch, Collider
“#ITChapterTwo is a terrific companion to #ITChapterOne. Similar vibes, great ensemble chemistry w/ a nice mix of humor and horror. Part 2 plays heavier in tone, dealing w/ defeating the burden of childhood trauma, & I definitely teared up at the very end. Bill Hader steals it” – Erik Davis, Fandango
“#ItChapterTwo is a giant budget, studio-backed horror movie that’s also a fairly serious actors showcase/ensemble, with occasional flashes of brilliant imagery (like all the balloons cascading under the bridge). It’ll make more money than Warner Bros knows what to do with.” – Drew Taylor, The Verge
“So, #ITChapterTwo: it’s v. good, but not great. I liked it, but didn’t LOVE it. First movie is a tough act to follow. TWO is gruesome, strange but rarely scary. Nails important aspects from the book, but feels overlong. Cast is aces, though, & Bill Hader SHOULD be in Oscar convo.” – Sean O’Connell, CinemaBlend
“#ITChapter2 isn’t as refined as the first, but it’s still an excellent ensemble piece, oozing with heart & packed with extremely well-crafted set pieces. Muschietti weaves the young & adult Losers together super well, giving IT 2 a truly epic feel. (MVP: Bill Hader as Richie.)” – Perri Nemiroff, Collider
“So #ITChapterTwo was pretty damn great & the ending left me in tears. There are some excellent set pieces (finale had me holding my breath at times) that got under my skin & I think the adult Losers are awesome. Relies a bit too much on flashbacks tho but fans should be happy.” – Heather Wixson, Daily Dead News
“IT: Chapter Two” opens in cinemas on September 6th.