Welcome to Derry: It Prequel Series Finds Its Showrunners, Andy Muschietti Might Direct First Episode

The It prequel series is moving forward with its co-showrunners in place. Variety reports that Jason Fuchs and Brad Caleb Kane will be the co-showrunners for Welcome to Derry, an HBO Max series that takes place decades before the events of the It movies by director Andy Muschietti. It’s also reported that Muschietti is wanted to direct the series premiere episode, but he hasn’t signed on to do that at this time. Andy Muschietti is executive producing the series with Barbara Muschietti under their Double Dream banner alongside Fuchs and Kane.

The Muschiettis crafted the story for Welcome to Derry with Fuchs, who wrote the teleplay for the pilot. There isn’t much that has been revealed about the prequel series, but what’s known is that it’s set long before It: Chapter One. We can presume the series will delve deeper into the history of Derry and how a certain sewer-dwelling clown has terrorized the Maine town. No cast members have yet been announced for the project.

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It is based on the original novel by Stephen King, which was previously adapted as an ABC miniseries in 1990 by Tommy Lee Wallace. In 2017, It: Chapter One was released in theaters to great success, introducing Bill Skarsgard as the new Pennywise following Tim Curry’s previous performance. It: Chapter Two was released in 2019, also to high profits at the box office.

It was not a big shock when it was announced that Muschietti’s It movies would be getting a follow-up. Together, the films pulled in more than $1 billion at the box office, and ever since the second film was released, there had been rumors of a sequel getting made that would continue the story. While another feature film is not outside the realm of possibility, the decision was eventually made to first explore the origins of Pennywise with a prequel series.

The It Franchise Expands With the HBO Max Series

It: Chapter Two writer Gary Dauberman previously commented on the prospects of the franchise expanding. In a 2019 interview with Comic Book Movie, he addressed the likelihood of another sequel coming along. Dauberman teased that there’s still so much of Pennywise’s story that’s been left unexplored that makes It ripe for a continuation. At the time, he also stressed just how long the monstrous creature has been around, foreshadowing the announcement that it would be a prequel that continues the story.

“Anything in the Stephen King Universe interests me but there’s only so much of the story we could tell in the two movies,” Dauberman explained. “There are definitely elements of the novel you could expand on and make its own movie. It’s just a question of whether or not people want to see it but I do think It was on this planet for a very, very, very long time and that’s a lot of bloodshed and a lot of stories to tell and I think you could do that for sure.”

Welcome to Derry doesn’t yet have a premiere date set at HBO Max.