IT Prequel Series, Welcome to Derry, Coming to HBO Max

HBO Max has given a series order for Welcome to Derry, a prequel to the IT films that will bring back movie filmmakers and writers.

Though it’s been in discussion for a while, today brings some official confirmation about the upcoming IT prequel series. Officially titled Welcome to Derry, the new series is heading to HBO Max and will serve as a prequel to the films while pulling from Stephen King’s iconic novel as well.

Even better Andy and Barbara Muschietti, who developed the films, are back working on this show, bringing only writer Jason Fuchs to pen the scripts. Andy Muschietti is expected to direct the first episode along with a few others throughout the season.

Set in the world of Stephen King’s “IT” universe, WELCOME TO DERRY (wt) is based on King’s “IT” novel and expands the vision established by filmmaker Andy Muschietti in the feature films “IT” and “IT Chapter Two.”


Sarah Aubrey, Head of Original Content, HBO Max: “We are thrilled to continue this iconic franchise with the brilliant Andy and Barbara Muschietti, Jason Fuchs, and Brad Caleb Kane. This prequel will expand the IT storytelling canvas and bring fans deeper into the terrifying, mesmerizing town of Derry.”

Andy Muschietti and Barbara Muschietti: “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.”

Jason Fuchs: “To be able to return to the world of my all-time favorite horror novel and help build upon the singularly brilliant cinematic universe created by Andy and Barbara is more than the opportunity of a lifetime, it’s a dream come true — or, maybe more appropriately, a nightmare.”

Stephen King: “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!”

Obviously it’s too early for a release date (or even window), but it’s exciting for horror/Stephen King fans nonetheless.

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