A prequel to It is in development at HBO Max, according to a recent report from Variety.
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The prequel series, which is currently called Welcome to Derry, will reportedly focus on the ongoings of the town of Derry in the 1960s as it leads up to the events of It, the 2017 film based on the iconic Stephen King novel. The prequel series will reportedly also include the origins of Pennywise the Clown, the mysterious and supernatural figure that haunts Derry.
According to the report, Andy Muschietti, who directed both It and 2019’s It Chapter Two, will serve as executive producer for the series alongside Barbara Muschietti — his sister — and Jason Fuchs. The report also notes that both Musichiettis and Fuchs developed the story for the show, with Fuchs writing the script. If the project ends up being made into a series, Andy Muschietti is likely to direct the first episode.
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The new It films were a massive success at the box office, grossing over $1.1 billion combined at the global box office following their release. It Chapter Two was the latest release, and took place 27 years after the events of the first film, with an entirely new cast that included Jessica Chastain, James McAvoy, Bill Hader, Isaiah Mustafa, Jay Ryan, James Ransone, and Andy Bean.