It director Andrés Muschietti has revealed that the infamous group sex scene from Stephen King’s novel by the same name won’t make it into the 2017 film adaptation. The scene in the book depicts the novel’s main characters as children, all engaging in sexual intercourse at a critical moment in their battle against the fear-eating demon Pennywise.
According to an interview with Muschietti in Collider, the scene will be nixed in favor of another, less controversial moment that is also symbolic of the end of childhood and the kids’ collective bond having been strengthened by their ordeal.
“Well, I think the whole story is a bit of a — approaches the theme of growing up, and the group sex episode in the book is a bit of a metaphor of the end of childhood and into adulthood. And I don’t think it was really needed in the movie, apart that it was very hard to allow us to shoot an orgy in the movie so, I didn’t think it was necessary because the story itself is a bit of a journey, and it illustrates that. And in the end, the replacement for it is the scene with the blood oath, where everyone sort of says goodbye. Spoiler. The blood oath scene is there and it’s the last time they see each other as a group. It’s unspoken. And they don’t know it, but it’s a bit of a foreboding that this is the last time, and being together was a bit of a necessity to beat the monster. Now that the monster recedes, they don’t need to be together. And also because their childhood is ending, and their adulthood is starting. And that’s the bittersweet moment of that sequence.”
In the books, the scene comes right as the children tasked with slaying Pennywise are lost in the sewer where the monster lives. One of the group members, Beverly, decides that an act of solidarity is required to the bring the group back together and help them find their way out of the sewer, and so she proposes she lose her virginity – to every middle schooler in the Losers’ Club. With all of that in mind, it’s not surprising the scene has been cut from the film.
Debuting in theaters on Sept. 8, It is a production of New Line Cinema directed by Andrés Muschietti and starring Bill Skarsgård, Jaeden Lieberher, Jeremy Ray Taylor, Sophia Lillis, Finn Wolfhard, Wyatt Oleff, Jack Dylan Grazer and Chosen Jacobs.
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