Welcome to Derry... Stephen King style

Bill Skarsgard as demonic clown Pennywise in It Chapter Two
Bill Skarsgard as demonic clown Pennywise in It Chapter Two

WE'VE had Derry Girls, now here comes Welcome To Derry: however, the upcoming drama series will not take place in 'the Walled City', but rather in the fictional, supernaturally-afflicted US town created by horror maestro Stephen King.

Welcome To Derry will be a TV prequel to IT, his 1986 best-seller about a demonic killer clown which was recently adapted into two hit films directed by Andy Muschietti (IT) and Jason Fuchs (IT: Chapter Two).

“I’m excited that the story of Derry, Maine’s most haunted city, is continuing, and I’m glad Andy Muschietti is going to be overseeing the frightening festivities, along with a brain trust including his talented sister, Barbara,” said King of the upcoming show from HBO Max and Warner Bros Television.

“Red balloons all around!”

Bill Skarsgard as Pennywise
Bill Skarsgard as Pennywise

“As teenagers, we took turns reading chapters of Stephen King’s IT until the thick paperback fell to pieces,” said IT director Andy Muschietti and his producer/screenwriter sister Barbara Muschietti in a joint statement.

“IT is an epic story that contains multitudes, far beyond what we could explore in our ‘IT’ movies. We can’t wait to share the depths of Steve’s novel, in all its heart, humor, humanity, and horror.”

Jason Fuchs added, “To be able to return to the world of my all-time favorite horror novel and help build upon the singularly brilliant cinematic universe created by Andy and Barbara is more than the opportunity of a lifetime, it’s a dream come true — or, maybe more appropriately, a nightmare.”

An air date for Welcome to Derry has not yet been announced.