HBO Max Orders Series Prequel to Stephen King-Based ‘It’ Films
February 23, 2023
HBO Max has ordered the Max original drama series “Welcome to Derry” (working title).
The series, from Warner Bros. Television and developed for television by filmmakers Andy Muschietti and Barbara Muschietti (It) and Jason Fuchs (It: Chapter Two, Wonder Woman, Argylle), is a prequel to the New Line blockbuster “It” films. Andy Muschietti will direct multiple episodes of the series, including the first episode.
Set in the world of Stephen King’s “It” universe, “Welcome to Derry” is based on King’s It novel and expands the vision established by Andy Muschietti in the feature films It: Chapter One and It: Chapter Two.
“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,” Stephen King said in a statement.
“We are thrilled to continue this iconic franchise with the brilliant Andy and Barbara Muschietti, Jason Fuchs and Brad Caleb Kane,” Sarah Aubrey, head of original content at HBO Max, said in a statement. “This prequel will expand the ‘It’ storytelling canvas and bring fans deeper into the terrifying, mesmerizing town of Derry.”
“As teenagers, we took turns reading chapters of Stephen King’s It until the thick paperback fell to pieces,” Andy Muschietti and Barbara Muschietti 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.”
“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,” Fuchs said in a statement.
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“Welcome to Derry” is produced by HBO Max and Warner Bros. Television. Fuchs will write the teleplay for the first episode, based on a story by Andy Muschietti, Barbara Muschietti and Fuchs. Fuchs and Brad Caleb Kane will serve as co-showrunners on the project. Andy Muschietti and Barbara Muschietti (through their Double Dream production company, which has an overall deal with WBTV), Fuchs, and Kane are executive producers.