HBO Max Greenlights ‘Welcome To Derry’ IT Prequel Series

Andy Muscietti who is also directing 'The Flash' will be directing multiple episodes including the first.

HBO Max Greenlights 'Welcome To Derry' IT Prequel Series

First announced a year ago, and now HBO Max has announced it is greenlighting the Welcome To Derry IT prequel series from Andy Muschietti who is also directing The Flash.

The details include that the series, from Warner Bros. Television and developed for television by filmmakers Andy Muschietti and Barbara Muschietti (IT, IT Chapter Two) and Jason Fuchs (IT Chapter Two, Wonder Woman, Argylle), is a prequel to the New Line global 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, which is the working title of the series, 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.

“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,” said Sarah Aubrey, Head of Original Content, in a statement.

Andy Muschietti and Barbara Muschietti said in a joint statement, “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.”

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Building upon the singularly brilliant cinematic universe

Jason Fuchs said, “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 said, “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!”

Welcome To Derry is produced by HBO Max and Warner Bros. Television. Jason 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. Andy Muschietti will direct multiple episodes of the series, including the first episode. Shelley Meals, Roy Lee and Dan Lin also executive produce. 

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