Stephen King’s novel ‘It’ made the leap to the big screen in 2017, a film that subsequently spawned a sequel in 2019; the story won’t stop there, as HBO has greenlit a prequel series
Stephen King’s novel ‘It’ made the leap to the big screen in 2017 by the hand of Andy Muschietti, a tape that subsequently gave rise to a sequel in 2019. The story will not stay there, as HBO has given the green light to a prequel series.
Welcome to Derry is the title of the spin-off, developed by Andy Muschietti, Barbara Muschietti and Jason Fuchs. Andy Muschietti will direct several episodes, including the first.
Set in the world of Stephen King’s It universe, Welcome to Derry is based on King’s novel It and expands on the vision established by filmmaker Andy Muschietti in the feature films It and It. Chapter 2″, reads a brief description of the project.
When we were teenagers, we took turns reading chapters of Stephen King’s It until the thick paperback fell apart. It is an epic story with a lot of content, far beyond what we could cover in our It movies. We’re looking forward to delving into Steve’s novel, in all its heart, humor, humanity and horror,” said the Muschietti’s.
Fuchs will write the first episode of the series from a story devised with the Muschiettis. Fuchs will also serve as creator alongside Brad Caleb Kane, and both will serve as executive producers along with Andy and Barbara Muschietti. The cast is currently unknown, although Bill Skarsgard is expected to reprise his role as Pennywise the clown.
I’m excited for the story of Derry, Maine’s most haunted town, to continue, and I’m thrilled that Andy Muschietti will be overseeing the terrifying festivities, along with a group of experts that includes his talented sister, Barbara,” said King.
HBO has not set a premiere date for the series.