It's time to return to Pennywise the Dancing Clown's hometown. HBO Max has just given a series order to the IT prequel Welcome To Derry that will focus on the events before the Losers Club faced off against the terrifying alien.
Deadline confirms that HBO Max is currently developing a new series Welcome to Derry which will serve as a prequel to Stephen King's IT. Andy Muschietti, who directed the two movies based on King's novel, will develop the project with his sister Barbara and Wonder Woman's Jason Fuchs. Fuchs will reportedly pen the screenplay for the pilot episode which will be produced by Warner Bros. Television.
Not surprisingly, Stephen King is thrilled with the prequel.
“I’m excited that the story of Derry, Maine’s most haunted city, is continuing, and I’m glad Andy Muschietti is going to be overseeing the frightening festivities, along with a brain trust including his talented sister, Barbara,” King said. “Red balloons all around!”
Andy and Barbara also shared their excitement for their upcoming project.
“As teenagers, we took turns reading chapters of Stephen King’s IT until the thick paperback fell to pieces,” the Muschiettis said in a joint statement. “IT is an epic story that contains multitudes, far beyond what we could explore in our ‘IT’ movies. We can’t wait to share the depths of Steve’s novel, in all its heart, humor, humanity, and horror.”
“To be able to return to the world of my all-time favorite horror novel and help build upon the singularly brilliant cinematic universe created by Andy and Barbara is more than the opportunity of a lifetime, it’s a dream come true— or, maybe more appropriately, a nightmare,” Fuchs said.
Welcome to Derry is currently the project's working title and the series will expand on the story presented in IT and IT: Chapter Two. Stay tuned for more updates on this story.
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