The first footage has been released for Welcome To Derry, which is a prequel series set before the events of IT: Chapter 1 and IT: Chapter 2. The footage was shown at the end of a promo video released for Max showcasing several of the projects coming to the streaming service in 2024. You can check out the brief amount of footage below.
I’m super excited about this series, and I love that we are getting a series that will explore the history of Derry and the origins of Pennywise The Clown.
The series is being developed by director Andy Muschietti and showrunners Jason Fuchs (It: Chapter II) and Brad Caleb Kane (Tokyo Vice), who will also executive produce the series.
When previously talking about the mythology of the story, Muschietti said, “There is 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’s been in contact with humans for hundreds of years, every 27 years. So you can imagine the amount of material. It’s always exciting to think of eventually exploring this mythology. It’s very exciting. But, for now, there’s nothing on the table.”
There are some great prequel stories to tell with Pennywise because the shapeshifting creature has been in Derry, killing people for a very long time. “It arrived on Earth in a massive cataclysmic event similar to an asteroid impact, landing in a location in North America that would eventually become Derry, Maine. Once people settled over this location, It adopted its usual pattern of a 27-30 year hibernation, waking to kill and eat. Each awakening and return to hibernation is sometimes marked by a violent act, such as a mass murder or weather event. In the period between, a series of child murders occurring in Derry are never solved. It is outwardly explained that a series of murders, no matter how gruesome, don’t get reported if they happen in the small town. However, the real reason is that the influence of It prevents anyone from investigating too deeply.”
The cast for the series includes Taylour Paige (Zola, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom), Jovan Adepo (Babylon, Watchmen), Chris Chalk (Perry Mason, All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt), James Remar (Oppenheimer, Megalopolis), Madeleine Stowe (12 Monkeys, The Last of the Mohicans, Revenge) and Stephen Rider (Daredevil).