Will The Second Part Of Stephen King’s It Tackle That Orgy Scene?

The most controversial scene from Stephen King’s book has yet to be put to the screen.

Bill Skarsgard as Pennyswise
They all float down here Bill Skarsgard as Pennyswise Image Picture EW

The success of the first part of Andrew Muschietti’s two-film big screen adaptation of the Stephen King classic It has got people talking.

Much of the current discussion centres on the second instalment and who will play the grown-up versions of the kids that featured in the Loser’s Club from the first film. The film itself is already being hyped up as a darker, scarier tale than the first film and the perfect way to round off King’s classic story.

There’s just one burning question that won’t go away right now: what about that orgy? In King’s original book, after defeating It, the Loser’s Club get lost in the sewers trying to make their way out. The solution? Have a massive orgy.

Yep, in the original book, the only female member of the gang, Beverly, suggests the only way the group can rediscover their “connection” and escape is for each of them to take turns having sex with her.

While the boys are unsure, Beverly is calm and collected in her thoughts, with the ensuing gangbang entirely consensual. It’s a scene that’s slightly troubling in a modern context and one that has, unsurprisingly, not featured in any of the adaptations put together to date. King, for his part, commented on the controversy stirred up by the scene in a forum post on his website StephenKing.com from back in November 2013.

It reads:

“I wasn’t really thinking of the sexual aspect of it. The book dealt with childhood and adulthood –1958 and Grown Ups. The grown ups don’t remember their childhood. None of us remember what we did as children–we think we do, but we don’t remember it as it really happened. Intuitively, the Losers knew they had to be together again. The sexual act connected childhood and adulthood. It’s another version of the glass tunnel that connects the children’s library and the adult library. Times have changed since I wrote that scene and there is now more sensitivity to those issues.”

Could this new version be the one to buck the trend though? It’s highly unlikely, whatever way you look at it. Having young teens engage in this sort of tryst on camera is a no-no from the off, while the idea of the adult Loser’s Club doing the deed, en masse, just seems weird.

The truth is that anyone who only watched the mini-series would be entirely oblivious to the scene and, perhaps, it’s better that they are. The idea of an older, male, writer penning this kind of scene is troubling enough in itself without the sequence being acted out on film.

It’s much better that it never happens in the upcoming film, but why stop there? Why not remove the scene from the book altogether? Alright, it’s unlikely to happen but the story is undoubtedly diminished by its crude inclusion.

There will be no orgy in the new film. The story of It is scary enough already.

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