HBO Max Taps Jason Fuchs, Brad Caleb Kane as Showrunners for “It” Prequel “Welcome to Derry”

“You pay for what you get, you own what you pay for… and sooner or later whatever you own comes back home to you.”

― Stephen King, It

The long-gestating HBO Max prequel series for the worldwide hit films It Chapter I and Chapter II looks to have gained some considerable ground towards becoming an actual reality, according to our floaty pals over at Variety.

 It was announced today that scribes Jason Fuchs (Wonder Woman, Ice Age: Continental Drift) and Brad Caleb Kane (Fringe, Black Sails) have been selected by HBO Max and Andy and Barbara Muschietti to serve as the showrunners on their upcoming prequel TV series to the worldwide 2017 and 2019 motion picture hits It: Chapter One and It: Chapter II. Entitled Welcome to Derry, the new horror series will serve as a huge backstory for the insidious Pennywise the Clown and all of the evil dealings that entity has visited upon the small town of Derry for centuries.

 First being reported as being an ongoing concern by HBO Max back in March, Welcome to Derry has a vaunted series production commitment going for it via HBO. The Muschiettis (Andy actually directed the two film series, with Better-Half Barbara producing them) reportedly brought on Fuchs to write the teleplay for the premiere episode based off of a new story written alongside the husband and wife team. If that’s not enough to convince you that Fuchs has the credentials for this particular gig, keep in mind that the I Still See You wordsmith also co-produced the second It film. Both Kane and Fuchs will executive produce this new series side-by-side with the Muschiettis, with Andy supposedly tapped to direct the pilot episode, just to keep that film synergy going strong. Both Andy and Barbaras will executive produce this new opus under their production shingle Double Dream.

 Welcome to Derry is a series that doesn’t come as a complete surprise considering that the two films which spawned it ultimately made a whopping $1.1 billion smackers at the box-office. Those are numbers which any studio boss would be crazy to ignore in this day and age of every studio looking for the supposedly right project to more than pad their bottom-line. As for the material which the show might produce, look no further than the original 1985 novel by Stephen King who layered his thick door-stop of a book with enough hints of a backstory to keep any potential spin-off rich in story for years to come.

 We predict a long life for Welcome to Derry; keep those radio knobs tuned into Vents for all of your future information on this new Stephen King project!

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