Confirmation about the IT prequel series has been…floating… around.
After the releases of IT: Chapter One (2017) and IT: Chapter Two (2019) smashed the box office, Warner Bros. kept its nose to the grindstone about further developing projects within the canon. HBO Max confirmed in an announcement on March 29 that they’ve found a way. A prequel series is currently in development for HBO Max, titled WELCOME TO DERRY. It’s set to follow the origins of Pennywise as well as covering the history of the town of Derry, Maine starting in the 1960s.
The series is set to be executive produced by the director of both films, Andy Muschietti along with Barbara Muschietti under the production company, Double Dream. Joining them in their executive producing efforts will be Jason Fuchs (I Still See You) who will also write the series with Andy Muschietti, who is expected to direct the pilot episode. Andy Muschietti has expressed interest in a prequel series going back to the release of IT: Chapter Two. In an interview with io9, he stated, “Mythology is something that always has opportunities to explore. It has been on Earth for millions of years. He’s been in contact with humans for hundreds of years, every twenty-seven years. So you can imagine the amount of material.”
No confirmation or announcements regarding cast members has been announced. There’s no confirmation yet whether Bill Skarsgård will reprise the role of Pennywise in the series. Considering one of the universal praises both IT films received was his performance as Pennywise, it would be a shame to do the project without him. One of the main hurdles moving forward is the fact that his schedule is going to be packed in the coming months with the recent announcement that he’s set to star as Eric Draven in The Crow, an upcoming reboot of the 1994 film. His absence from the WELCOME TO DERRY project won’t go unnoticed by fans of the film series. Especially those quieter moments when Pennywise lures children in and the tension of a scene relies on performance rather than effects. That being said, if there is a recasting it isn’t much of a stretch to believe that a shape-shifting might slightly modify its facial features to be the demented clown. I’m of the hope that Skarsgård will return to the role for the series.
WELCOME TO DERRY is still in early development and a premiere date has not yet been confirmed by HBO Max.