Here’s some great news from HBO Max! The prequel series inspired by StephenKing‘S It, Welcome to Derry, got the green light and is officially moving forward! I was really hoping this project would make it because it’s such a great idea for a series!
The project was developed by filmmakers Andy Pussetti And Barbara Mussetti (It, it chapter two) And Jason fox (It chapter two, Wonder Woman).
The series is set in the world of King’s It universe and expands on the story established by Muschietti in the feature films It And It chapter two. Fuchs will write the first episode and will also serve as showrunner Brad Caleb Kane. Mussetti will direct several episodes of the series, including the first episode.
King said in a statement: “I’m delighted that the story of Derry, Maine’s most haunted city, is continuing, and I’m glad Andy Muschietti will be overseeing the scary celebrations, along with a brain trust that includes his.” talented sister heard , Barbara. Red balloons everywhere!”
In a joint statement, Andy Muschietti and Barbara Muschietti said: “As teenagers, we took turns reading chapters of Stephen King It until the thick paperback fell into pieces. It is an epic story that contains a variety far beyond what we could explore in our It movies. We can’t wait to share the depths of Steve’s novel with all its heart, humor, humanity and horror.”
Fuchs added, “Being able to return to the world of my all-time favorite horror novel and helping build on the uniquely brilliant cinematic universe created by Andy and Barbara is more than the opportunity of a lifetime, it’s a dream come true will be – or, perhaps better said, a nightmare.”
Story-wise, there aren’t any details to share, but speaking earlier about the mythology, Muschietti said, “There’s a whole mythology to the book though… Mythology is something that always has opportunities to explore. It [aka Pennywise] has been on earth for millions of years. He has been in contact with humans for hundreds of years, all 27 years. So you can imagine the amount of material. It’s always exciting to think of exploring this mythology at some point. It’s very exciting. But nothing is on the table at the moment.”
There are some great scary stories to tell! This shape-shifting alien creature has been in Derry killing humans for a very long time.
It arrived on Earth in a massive cataclysmic event resembling an asteroid impact, and landed at a location in North America that would eventually become Derry, Maine.
As humans settled in this place, it adopted its usual pattern of 27-30 year hibernation, waking to kill and eat. Each awakening and return to hibernation is sometimes marked by an act of violence such as mass murder or a weather event. Meanwhile, a string of child murders in Derry remain unsolved. On the outside, it is explained that no matter how gruesome a series of murders it happens in the small town, it goes unreported. The real reason, however, is that the influence of It prevents anyone from delving too deeply.
Here is the schedule for Itwhich contains several stories that a prequel could explore:
1715 – 1716: IT awakens painfully.
1740 – 1743: IT begins a three-year reign of terror, culminating in the disappearance of over three hundred Derry Township settlers (similar to the lost colony of Roanoke, which was founded as a logging town).
1769 – 1770: IT awakens again.
1851: IT awakens when a man named John Markson poisons his own family and then commits suicide by eating a white nightshade mushroom, causing an agonizing death.
1876 – 1879: IT awakens and then returns to hibernation after murdering a group of lumberjacks later found near Kenduskeag Stream.
1904: IT awakens when a woodcutter named Claude Heroux murders a dozen men in a bar with just an axe. Heroux was immediately pursued by a mob of townspeople and hanged.
1906: IT returns to hibernation when the Kitchener Ironworks explodes, killing 108 people, 88 of whom were children on an Easter egg hunt.
1929: IT awakens when a group of Derry citizens ambush and kill the Bradley Gang, a group of robbers and murderers. The city, including its police chief, is acting like it never happened. However, a witness later tells Mike Hanlon the story, including observing a clown in peasant clothes taking part in the killing.
1930: IT returns to hibernation when the Maine Legion of White Decency, a northern counterpart of the Ku Klux Klan, burns down “The Black Spot”, a nightclub known for catering to African Americans at the nearby army base. ES appears locally as a giant bird with balloons on its wings.
I’m super excited about this show and happy to see it’s progressing!