HBO Max Will Return To The World Of ‘It’ With A Derry Prequel Series

The horror novel ‘It’ by Stephen King has been making waves since it hit bookshelves in 1986. Adapted twice for the screen, the latest came in the form of two films in 2017 and 2019 from Warner Bros. Pictures and New Line Cinema. HBO Max is returning to the setting of the series with a prequel show tentatively titled ‘Welcome To Derry.’

“HBO Max has ordered the Max Original drama WELCOME TO DERRY (working title) to series. The series, from Warner Bros. Television and developed for television by filmmakers Andy Muschietti and Barbara Muschietti (“IT,” “IT Chapter Two”) and Jason Fuchs (“IT Chapter Two,” “Wonder Woman,” “Argylle”), is a prequel to the New Line global blockbuster “IT” films. Andy Muschietti will direct multiple episodes of the series, including the first episode,” Warner Bros. Discovery said in a statement.

The movies involve a group of children and later adults who come together to stop an evil entity that takes the form of a clown known as Pennywise in their hometown of Derry.

“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,” Andy Muschietti and Barbara Muschietti said in a joint press release.

The pilot episode is written by Fuchs and will serve as a showrunner along with Caleb Kane. The two of them along with Andy and Barbara will serve as executive producers.

Stephen King expressed his excitement for the project, saying, “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!”

No word yet on if Pennywise will return to the small town of Derry for this prequel series. strives to be an apolitical, balanced and based pop culture news outlet. However, our contributors are entitled to their individual opinions. Author opinions expressed in this article do not necessarily reflect the views of our video hosts, other site contributors, site editors, affiliates, sponsors or advertisers. This website contains affiliate links to products. We may receive a commission for purchases made through these links. We disclaim products or services we have received for review purposes, as well as sponsored posts.

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Jacob Airey
Jacob Airey
Jacob Airey is an author, nerd, movie reviewer, and pop culture critic. He started this website in 2012 where he covers a vast variety of topics including film, TV, anime, and faith. He also hosts the YouTube vidcast StudioJake.

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