It is unlikely that even Warner Brothers or director Andres Muschietti could have forecast for a $371.3m global box office take for their 2017 reboot of IT. The classic Stephen King tale was adapted for a television miniseries back in 1990, but this R-rated installment continues to grow from strength to strength as it reigns supreme to hold the number one spot on the domestic front.
Now star Bill Skarsgard has come out to discuss what could have been in the movie, intimating that the mystique surrounding the emergence of Pennywise could have been touched upon in this year's edition. Perhaps left for the sequel IT: Chapter 2, the Swede explained how there were plans to showcase the antagonist before he became the child eating clown.
The Flashback That Never Was: Who or What Was IT?
Readers of the original King novel will have more of an intimate understanding of the character and source material, and while the idea was always to have one film for the children and another for the adults, one cut had a scene that harked back further than the 1980s.
"There was a scene we shot that was a flashback from the 1600s, before Pennywise (was Pennywise)," the actor told the Playback Podcast. "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."
Established as a major Hollywood identity with the release of the horror picture, Skarsgard is thankful that the portrayal of Pennywise has not turned people off his real persona.
"I think the headlines have been fun," he told TMZ of the newfound fame. "Like, I think people were really like shocked there was a contrast to me as a person than the character. I dunno, man, it's fun. I dunno, I have my girlfriend and she's still with me, so it's all good."
Idris Remains in The Dark Over Tower Flop Reaction
One Stephen King adaptation that did not score big in 2017 was The Dark Tower. Despite a tale that is iconic with the writer and a strong cast to boot, the feature was considered a watered-down attempt that fell short of too many benchmarks.
Given a television series is in the works, Idris Elba explained to Mashable that the critical response still stings deep. So much so that he refuses to commit to the franchise.
"I don’t actually know, if I’m really honest," he said of his continued involvement. "I do know about the TV series and I’m not sure where we are with that, but I couldn’t tell you what’s going to happen next. As you know the film was sort of mixed reviews, and some loved it and I think some hated it, so who knows. Ultimately, everyone has an opinion and that’s okay. But I’d imagine with a film like The Dark Tower—if you know anything about the literature—it’s a very hard book to digest, and it’s definitely a hard book to adapt. Until one of the reviewers that had something to say adapts it and does a great job, well I don’t want to hear what they have to say."