The It prequel series Welcome to Derry is officially coming to HBO Max.
Fans of the iconic Stephen King horror novel It will be thrilled to know that it is getting a new live-action adaptation on HBO Max. The streaming service has given a straight-to-series order to an original telelvision project based on the beloved novel. The project, which will be called Welcome to Derry, is being produced by Warner Bros. Television and will be a prequel to New Line’s It films.
The announcement was made by HBO Max on Wednesday night, with the company revealing that filmmakers Andy Muschietti and Barbara Muschietti, who were behind the successful big-screen adaptations of It and It: Chapter Two, will be producing Welcome to Derry. Jason Fuchs, who also worked on It: Chapter Two, is also on board to help write and produce the series.
The Muschiettis and Jason Fuchs are teaming up to create the story of Welcome to Derry, with the latter writing the first episode of the series. Andy Muschietti will direct multiple episodes, including the first episode one. Fuchs and Brad Caleb Kane serve as co-showrunners on the 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 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.”
Stephen King added the following: 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. Red balloons all around!”
What to expect from Welcome to Derry
Creative details about the series are still scarce, but the producers have promised that the show will expand the vision of the It movies. The series will be set in Derry, Maine, the fictional town where It takes place. Fans of the book and the movies will know that Derry is a place filled with horrors and secrets, with the series promising to explore them in even greater depth.
The It movies starred Bill Skarsgard as Pennywise the Dancing Clown, with Jaeden Lieberher as Bill Denbrough, Jeremy Ray Taylor as Ben Hanscom, Sophia Lillis as Beverly Marsh, Finn Wolfhard as Richie Tozier, Jack Dylan Grazer as Eddie Kaspbrak, Chosen Jacobs as Mike Hanlon and Wyatt Oleff as Stanley Uris. James McAvoy, Jay Ryan, Jessica Chastain, Bill Hader, James Ransone, Isaiah Mustafa and Andy Bean played the older versions of the seven characters.
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