IT Chapter Two Director Defends Movie's Nearly 3-Hour Runtime
When it comes to Stephen King’s “IT,” it has often been thought the children-focused half of the book always had more going on narrative-wise than the adult-focused half.
Andy Muschietti’s 2017 film adaptation of the kids half of “IT” clocked in at 2 hours 15 minutes, so it wouldn’t be unreasonable to expect the upcoming “IT: Chapter Two” will come in around the same amount, if not a bit under.
That’s not what’s happened though as Muschietti, speaking with Digital Spy the other day, revealed that the new film comes in a full thirty minutes longer than its predecessor – clocking in at around 2 hours 45 minutes. On top of that, he says there have been zero complaints about the runtime either at test screenings or special sneak peeks:
“A movie is very different when you’re writing the script and you’re building a story compared to what the final product is. At the beginning, when you’re writing and building the beats of the story, everything that you put in there seems very essential to the story. However, when you have the movie finally edited and it’s four hours long, you realize that some of the events and some of the beats can be easily lifted but the essence of the story remains intact.
You cannot deliver a four-hour movie because people will start to feel uncomfortable – no matter what they see – but we ended up having a movie that is 2 hours and 45 minutes, and the pacing is very good. Nobody who’s seen the movie has had any complaint.”
In fact, the eventual home video release sometime in the New Year will include even more material with producer Barbara Muschietti promising a director’s cut is coming:
“We will put out a director’s cut because this time it definitely merits it. We have some amazing scenes that didn’t make it into the movie. You have to make choices sometimes and some things cannot be in this theatrical release but are definitely worthy of people seeing them at a later date.”
Andy Muschietti also reassures fans that those edits weren’t to tone down the film in any way, stressing there weren’t any issues over scenes being too horrific to include: “Oh, no, everything that is too scary is in the movie.”
“IT Chapter Two” opens in cinemas on September 6th.