HBO Max has greenlit Welcome to Derry, a prequel series to the hit horror film It directed by Andy Muschietti (director of The Flash). The fiction will focus on the origin of the sinister character Pennywise, as well as the events that took place in Derry before the arrival of the protagonists of Stephen King’s original story.
The news has generated great excitement among fans of Muschietti’s two-part film, which became huge box office hits. The story was critically acclaimed for its combination of horror, drama and comedy elements, so well spun into a teenage story. The prequel will be a great opportunity to further explore the It universe and delve deeper into the characters and story.
What will Welcome to Derry be about?
The plot of Welcome to Derry will take place in the same location as the original film, but with a different perspective. It will focus on the history of the city before the main characters of It arrive in Derry. In this way, the series will explore the origins of the Pennywise character and how he came to be the terrifying monster we end up seeing in the movies.
The series will be produced by Andy Muschietti and his sister, Barbara Muschietti, who also produced It. In addition, Muschietti will direct several episodes. Bill Skarsgård is also expected to return as Pennywise, although there has been no confirmation yet.
According to the producers, the series will be “a terrifying and thrilling experience for fans of the film, but also an opportunity to explore new stories and characters.”
Production on Welcome to Derry will begin soon, and the series is expected to be available on HBO Max in the near future. In the meantime, It fans can continue to enjoy both the original film and its sequel, It: Chapter 2.