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It may soon be time to go back to Derry. Variety reports that HBO Max is developing a prequel series for Stephen King’s It. In addition, Andy Muschietti, the director of It: Part One and It: Part Two, is associated with the series as an executive producer alongside his wife Barbara Muschietti.
The Muschiettis are reportedly working on the story with their fellow executive producer Jason Fuchs, who will write the script. Andy Muschietti is also slated to direct the first episode if it goes to a series. Warner Bros. Television is producing the potential show for HBO Max and a writer’s room has already opened.
King published his novel in 1986. It followed a group of children in the late 1950s living in the city of Derry. An evil entity preyed on the children of the city and literally devoured them. While the creature could take the form of the children’s worst fears, it often took the form of Pennywise the dancing clown. The novel also took place 27 years later, in the early 1980s, when the now grown children reunited to face Pennywise again.
The working title for the television series is Welcome to Derry, and it will explore life in the city before the events of It: Part One. Since the films have moved the two time periods of the story to the ’80s and the present, the show is set in the ’60s. It is currently unknown if Bill Skarsgård is interested in reprising his role as Pennywise from the films. Anyway, Pennywise will play a major role in the series and the story will also explore its origins. The novel describes Pennywise as an evil trans-dimensional being who came to Earth millions of years ago. That said, his origin has never been fully shown on screen before.
HBO Max hasn’t officially ordered the series’ It prequel yet, so there’s no production start date on the show at this time.