WARNING: The following contains spoilers for It: Chapter 2, in theaters Sept. 6.
A controversial scene from Stephen King's It novel that did not appear in the 1990 miniseries will be included in It: Chapter 2.
When asked by The Hollywood Reporter if the scene featuring the beating of gay character Adrian Mellon would make it into the film, screenwriter Gary Dauberman responded, "It is an iconic scene in the book and one we wanted to include in the movie. It is the first attack in present-day Derry and sets the stage for what Derry has become. It is the influence of Pennywise even while he is hibernating, and it’s pure evil what happens to Adrian. These bullies working through Pennywise was important for us to show."
After getting beaten up by three boys, Adrian is thrown off a bridge and killed by Pennywise. Xavier Dolan will play Adrian in the film.
The It miniseries aired on ABC in 1990 and featured Tim Curry as Pennywise. Numerous subplots were abandoned in the attempt to adapt the novel, which is over 1,000 pages.
It: Chapter 2 stars Bill Skarsgård, James McAvoy, Jessica Chastain, Jay Ryan, Bill Hader, Isaiah Mustafa, James Ransone, Andy Bean, Teach Grant, Jess Weixler, Will Beinbrink, Xavier Dolan, Jaden Lieberher, Sophia Lillis, Jeremy Ray Taylor, Finn Wolfhard, Chosen Jacobs, Jack Dylan Grazer, Wyatt Oleff and Nicholas Hamilton. The film is scheduled to be released on Sept. 6.