After almost a year of development, HBO Max has officially given a greenlight to the It prequel series Welcome to Derry
We’ve been tracking the progress of the HBO Max series Welcome to Derry, which will serve as a prequel to Warner Bros’ two-part adaptation of the classic Stephen King novel It (pick up a copy HERE) for almost a year now. The project was announced for the first time in March last year. In June, it was confirmed that the writers’ room had opened. As showrunners, Brad Caleb Kane (Tokyo vice) and Jason Fuchs (Wonder woman) were hired. Jason Fuchs was also a co-producer of It Chapter Two. Deadline reports that HBO Max has officially given Welcome To Derry10 an official greenlight.
Welcome To Derry10 is being executive produced and directed by Andy Muschietti (the sibling director/producer pair that was behind the It10 movies through Double Dream). Kane and Fuchs also executive produce. The series is produced by HBO Max and Warner Bros. Television.
Fuch has written the script for the first episode, working from a story he crafted with the Muschiettis. Andy Muschietti will be directing multiple episodes of the series, including the first episode.
Stephen King stated the following: “I am excited that the story about Derry, Maine’s most haunted town, is continuing. Andy Muschietti, along with a brain trust consisting of his talented sister, Barbara, will be overseeing the frightening festivities. Red balloons all around!“
The Muschiettis added: “As teenagers, we took turns reading chapters of Stephen King’s It until the thick paperback fell to pieces. 10It is a great story that has many more than what we could see in our It films. We can’t wait to share the depths of Steve’s novel, in all its heart, humor, humanity, and horror.“
And Fuchs had this to say: “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.“
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