It's hard to imagine studio executives reading about a kid jerking off on a cake and being like, "Oh yeah, green light this yesterday!" But that's apparently what happened. Scenes destined to one day be used as trial evidence were passed along to the parents of prospective kid actors for approval. Unsurprisingly, they were less than thrilled with what Fukunaga wanted their children to do and complained to the studio. And when the studio asked Fukunaga to maybe tone down the freakier sex scenes, he took it in stride and quit the movie entirely.
According to him: "I was trying to make an unconventional horror film. It didn't fit into the algorithm of what they knew they could spend and make money back on based on not offending their standard genre audience." Don't worry, Cary. You'll be in that band one day.