The IT remake is well on its way to smashing box-office records for horror films. While some fans were originally worried that rebooting the classic Stephen King two-parter would tarnish their memories, the new movie has been given a ton of praise by fans and received generally high grades from critics. According to Jaeden Lieberher, who played Bill Denbrough in the film, IT has the right combination of the “three H’s.”
“With the heart, humor, and horror thing,” Leiberher said in an interview with Variety. “Not only is it a scary movie but it’s a movie about these seven kids, these losers. It’s about their friendship and how they come together to fight this clown. There’s a lot of comedy aspects, too, and there’s a lot of touching, dramatic ones as well. There’s a little bit of everything.”
Lieberher also revealed that there was an alternate ending planned.
“I did have this scene where I climb up the tower at the end,” he explained. “When I’m chasing after Georgie, I climb the tower and I’m at a one-on-one confrontation with Pennywise and then I say that I’m not afraid of him, that none of the losers are afraid of him, and that’s how we beat him. But they took those lines and put [them] toward the end, right after our big fight. So I had this whole thing where Bill Skarsgard is grabbing me and pushing me off the ledge, and I had to wear this harness. That was a more difficult scene.”
That scene never made it into the final version of the movie, but the Losers’ Club still manages to banish Pennywise away into… somewhere. Of course, we know that from the original that he will return in 27 years and the Losers will have to re-assemble in order to face him once again.