With the latest adaptation of Stephen King’s IT rushing towards theaters next month, many fans have wondered if the film would include a rather controversial sex scene from the original novel. In fact, we recently did an entire article theorizing its inclusion based on the R rating and a number of other interesting factors – and already determined it would not be included.
But now director Andy Muschietti has spoken with Collider about the infamous sex scene, and how it will not be included in his new film (potential spoilers):
“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.”
Muschietti seems to understand the context of King’s controversial sex scene, and that it can be conveyed throughout a variety of ways beyond being a preteen orgy. The blood oath seems to be a good replacement, and it’ll be a great lead into the next film.
IT makes its way into theaters September 8, 2017.
How do you feel about the new ending? Do you think it’ll be a nice change to King’s original ending? Let us know in the comments section below!