HBO Max Orders It Prequel Series Called “Welcome to Derry”
HBO Max has officially ordered a new It prequel series called Welcome to Derry (working title) from Warner Bros. Television. Developed by Andy Muschietti, the director of It and It Chapter Two, along with his sister Barbara Muschietti and It Chapter Two co-producer Jason Fuchs, the series will be set in the same universe as the feature film adaptations based on Stephen King’s 1986 novel. Muschietti is also set to direct several episodes of the series.
The Muschietti siblings have a personal connection to King’s novel, with memories of taking turns reading chapters of It as teenagers until the thick paperback fell apart. They expressed their excitement for the series, saying that It is an epic story that contains multitudes far beyond what they could explore in their It movies. They can’t wait to share the depths of King’s novel, in all its heart, humor, humanity, and horror. Fuchs called it an opportunity of a lifetime to work on the show.
King himself is also enthusiastic about the upcoming project, expressing excitement that the story of “Maine’s most haunted city” has the chance to live on. He’s glad that Andy Muschietti is overseeing the project, along with his talented sister, Barbara, and called for red balloons all around. The new series is not the only King adaptation on the horizon. A Children of the Corn reboot film is set to stream on Shudder beginning March 21, and the first feature-length adaptation of The Boogeyman is opening in theaters on June 2.
It, the first of a two-part adaptation of King’s novel of the same name, was released in 2017 and covered the first half of the book. The acclaimed film follows The Losers’ Club, a group of kids who are haunted by a supernatural being that emerges from the sewer. 2019’s It Chapter Two reunites members of the Losers’ Club as adults and features a cast of A-listers such as Jessica Chastain, James McAvoy, and Bill Hader.
The Muschiettis’ next project is DC Studios‘ The Flash, the long-awaited solo film for Ezra Miller’s Scarlet Speedster. Despite the film’s tumultuous post-production period due to Miller’s various behavioral issues, The Flash tested exceptionally well with early audiences. DC Studios co-head James Gunn even called the film “probably one of the greatest superhero movies ever made.” The Flash speeds into theaters on June 16.
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