After a few years in development, HBO Max has officially greenlit the It prequel series, titled Welcome to Derry. No details on any cast members being officialized for the series, but it was long rumored that Bill Skarsgård would reprise his role in a few episodes as Pennywise the Dancing Clown, though it is unclear if that has changed at all.
The series will be developed by Andy Muschietti, Barbara Muschietti and Jason Fuchs. Andy Muschietti, who directed It and It Chapter Two, will be helming several episodes for the series as well. It is expected that this will be his next project after The Flash releases this June.
In a statement, Andy and Barbara Muschietti explained that “As teenagers, we took turns reading chapters of Stephen King’s It until the thick paperback fell to pieces. 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.”
Stephen King, author of It, expressed his excitement for the show, stating that he is “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. Red balloons all around!”
Fuchs added that “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.”
As for HBO Max’s head of original content, Sarah Aubrey expressed that the streamer is ” thrilled to continue this iconic franchise with the brilliant Andy and Barbara Muschietti, Jason Fuchs and Brad Caleb Kane. This prequel will expand the It storytelling canvas and bring fans deeper into the terrifying, mesmerizing town of Derry.”
Source: The Hollywood Reporter