Pennywise the Dancing Clown is coming to HBO Max.
The streamer has given a straight-to-series order for a drama primarily based on Stephen King’s beloved horror novel IT.
Filmmakers Andy Muschietti and Barbara Muschietti (who made the profitable big-screen diversifications IT and IT Chapter Two) and Jason Fuchs (IT Chapter Two) are on board the mission from Warner Bros. Tv. Andy Muschietti will direct a number of episodes of the collection, together with the primary episode. The present’s working title is Welcome to Derry.
Artistic particulars are scarce, besides that the collection might be a prequel to New Line’s IT movies, promising to “broaden the imaginative and prescient” of the films. Fuchs will write the primary episode, which relies on a narrative by the Muschiettis and Fuchs. Fuchs and Brad Caleb Kane will function co-showrunners on the mission.
“As youngsters, we took turns studying chapters of Stephen King’s IT till the thick paperback fell to items,” the Muschiettis mentioned in an announcement. “IT is an epic story that accommodates multitudes, far past what we may discover in our IT motion pictures. We are able to’t wait to share the depths of Steve’s novel, in all its coronary heart, humor, humanity and horror.”
“I’m excited that the story of Derry, Maine’s most haunted metropolis, is constant, and I’m glad Andy Muschietti goes to be overseeing the scary festivities, together with a mind belief together with his gifted sister, Barbara,” King mentioned. “Crimson balloons throughout!”
IT advised the story of a bunch of buddies battling a shape-shifting monster – usually showing as a demonic clown – in a small Maine city. The narrative timeline was break up between the protagonists as children and as middle-aged adults. There’s no phrase on casting for the collection but, and followers will certainly surprise if Invoice Skarsgård will return as Pennywise.
“To have the ability to return to the world of my all-time favourite horror novel and assist construct upon the singularly sensible cinematic universe created by Andy and Barbara is greater than the chance of a lifetime, it’s a dream come true — or, possibly extra appropriately, a nightmare,” Fuchs mentioned.
“We’re thrilled to proceed this iconic franchise with the sensible Andy and Barbara Muschietti, Jason Fuchs and Brad Caleb Kane,” mentioned Sarah Aubrey, head of authentic content material at HBO Max. “This prequel will broaden the IT storytelling canvas and convey followers deeper into the terrifying, mesmerizing city of Derry.”
The IT movies had been field workplace powerhouses, with the primary movie in 2017 incomes $700 million worldwide and its 2019 sequel grossing $473 million worldwide.