It’s opening is one of the most brutal in the novel and film. Stephen King is an equal opportunist with his cruelty, especially when it comes to kids, and Georgie Denbrough (Jackson Robert Scott) is no exception. He loses the waxed paper boat his brother Bill made him, chasing it in the rain as it careens toward a gutter only to find Pennywise the clown (Bill Skarsgård) lurking in the sewers. This scene sets the stage for the horrible happenings in Derry, and hints at the terror the otherworldly clown can unleash.
But what if it didn't?
Fans have already rewritten all sorts of characters in the It fiction, especially with the new movie’s release, but in a video from Entertainment Weekly, Pennywise follows a different tactic when Georgie’s boat sails down the storm drain. This version, which EW notes may be “the result of some prankster editors, cleverly splicing several different outtakes,” is an outtake of all outtakes, totally changing how this movie would go from the very beginning. You can watch it here.
In conversation with EW, Skarsgård noted that his scenes with Scott were often kept light because of Scott's young age. Therefore, many different interpretations were filmed just to keep the opening amenable for the “proper kid.”
You can watch the real cut — the more terrifying one — of director Andy Muschietti’s adaptation today, as It makes its digital debut; the movie will arrive on Blu-ray in early January.