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"It Chapter 2" will include gay hate crime portrayed in the book but missing from '90 miniseries

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Xavier Dolan - Alexandra Diracles via Vimeo

Stephen King's novel "It" is filled with terrifying scenes, one so intense it wasn't included in the 1990 television movie. 

In the novel, published in 1986, a gay character named Adrian Mellon meets a horrifying end at the hands of the clown menace Pennywise after he is subject to a homophobic attack and thrown from a bridge and into the water below. 

Director Andy Muschietti who is directing the follow-up to his first installment released in 2017, told Entertainment Weekly the whole thing is brutal, but for the filmmaker, it's "essential." 

Actor Xavier Dolan (pictured above) plays Adrian Mellon in the movie, the scene corrects what was missing in the miniseries. Muschietti says he understands why that part of the story was cut for the small screen. 

“It was TV and they didn’t have the possibility of making a Rated R [movie] or anything,” he says. “But, in my vision of the movie, Adrian Mellon was always there. The impact of that event in my mind was always very deep. For me, there wasn’t a choice for that.”

For Stephen KIng, the bigotted attack was taken from the real-life story of Charlie Howard, a man murdered in Bangor, Maine in 1984 by a group of teens for being gay.

“It’s one of the things that really caused a deep impact on Stephen King when he was writing It. So, he decided to include it,” Muschietti explains. “Of course, the names are changed, but the beating happened almost exactly like it’s described in the book, and Charlie died in three feet of water in the canal.”

The filmmaker did take some creative license to connect the scene in his movie with the real Howard murder.

“He was asthmatic, so that made things really worse. The thing I’m adding in the scene is that Adrian is asthmatic, as well. For me, it was always an essential part of the story.”

 Co-writer of It Chapter Two Gary Dauberman, told The Hollywood Reporter in a previous interview that Adrian's story marks, “the first attack in present-day Derry and sets the stage for what Derry has become.”

Chapter Two picks up almost three decades after the first film when a group of friends band together to try and destroy a supernatural force wreaking murderous havoc on the small town. 

James McAvoy (Bill), Jessica Chastain (Beverly), Bill Hader (Richie), Isaiah Mustafa (Mike), James Ransome (Eddie), Jay Ryan (Ben), and Andy Bean (Stanley) play the adult versions and together must return to their roots where Pennywise has come back to feed on everyone's fears. 

“It is the influence of Pennywise even while he is hibernating, and it’s pure evil what happens to Adrian,” Dauberman said. “These bullies working through Pennywise was important for us to show.”

It Chapter Two opens in theaters on Sept. 6.