HBO Max is reportedly developing a new It prequel series, tentatively titled Welcome to Derry!
Variety notes that “the series will begin in the 1960s in the time leading up to the events of It: Part One, the 2017 film based on the Stephen King horror novel. The story is also said to include the origin story of Pennywise the Clown.” While the project has not been officially greenlit, a writers’ room is being put together.
According to Variety, Andy Muschietti and Barbara Muschietti, who produced the 2017 film, will return to produce the series alongside Jason Fuchs. The trio is also said to have developed the story, with Fuchs writing the script and Andy Muschietti set to direct the first episode, should it go to series. Andy Muschietti was, of course, also the director of both It and It Chapter Two.
The novel It was first published in 1986. It was first adapted into a miniseries in 1990 with Tim Curry playing the role of Pennywise. Bill Skarsgård stepped into Pennywise’s shoes for the 2017 film and its sequel. No word yet on whether he might be back for the series.
Words: Samantha McLaren (@themeatispeople)