IT Screenwriter On Handling The Sewer Orgy Scene

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Besides the fact that critics (and Stephen King himself) gave the IT reboot some positive reviews, a lot of controversy is surrounding a scene from the novel involving what is basically a child orgy. After the Losers Club defeats Pennwise, they then get lost in the sewers and Beverly—for some reason—convinces everyone in the group to have sex with her at the same time. Screenwriter Gary Dauberman talks about adapting the scene for the film.

In an interview with EW, Dauberman explains:

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"Besides Georgie in the sewer [the It opening], I think it's the one scene that everybody kind of brings up and it's such a shame. While it's an important scene, it doesn't define the book in any way I don't think and it shouldn't. We know what the intent was of that scene and why he put it in there, and we tried to accomplish what the intent was in a different way."

When asked about the whole point of the underage sewer sex, Stephen King himself has commented that this was meant to be a transition from the protagonists adolescence into adulthood. Of course some people still think that the scene is absolutely bizarre to add, but King just puts it to audiences having a different mindset back when he wrote the novel.

Sewer orgy or not, a lot of people seem to really love this reboot of Pennywise the Clown, and the success of this film only fuels the fire for the release of the sequel which will have the kids all grown up and fighting Pennwise as adults.

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