After the success of the two films by Andy Muschietti, the clown Pennywise will return in a series produced by HBO Max. The show will tell the origins of this demonic clown and how the curse of Derry was created.
That: success for the two films of Andy Muschietti
Basically, It (Where That in French version) is a novel by Stephen King published in 1986. The story recounts the struggle of seven children (who later became adults) against an evil entity which most often materializes in the form of an evil clown called Pennywise (Grippe-Sou in French). This novel quickly became emblematic and even placed No. 1 in book sales the year of its release.
In 1990, Tommy Lee Wallace adapted Stephen King’s novel on television with a TV movie called “That” he came back. This is a two-part TV movie that spans 3h12 with comedian Tim Curry as Pennywise. Then, in 2017, Warner produced a new adaptation. Andy Muschietti is chosen to direct That then its sequel in 2019. The two feature films receive rather positive feedback and bring in more than$1 a billion at the global box office. Faced with this success, Warner comes to formalize the launch of a prequel in the series.
Pennywise will be back!
WarnerMedia has just formalized a return to Derry. In association with HBO Max, the firm is preparing to develop a series that will take place in the fictional small town in the novel and films. The screenplay is currently being written and should logically tell the origins of Pennywise as well as the dawn of the curse that hangs over Derry. We should thus have an explanation concerning these mysterious 27 years which pass between each appearance of the demonic clown. The show even already has a title: Welcome to Derry.
Apparently, according to The Ankler, the series should take place in the 1960s. Andy Muschietti could logically officiate as a producer alongside his wife Barbara Muschietti and screenwriter Jason Fuchs. It’s not surprising to see the filmmaker return to the world of That. A few months ago, he did not hide his enthusiasm for this universe created by Stephen King. During an interview with Gizmodo he insisted that there is still whole mythology to develop around the story of Grippe-Sou:
There are always opportunities to explore around this curse. She’s been on Earth for millions of years. Pennywise has been in contact with humans for hundreds of years, every 27 years. So you can imagine how much material there is to develop.
Currently, this project does not yet have a release date, but Andy Muschietti should direct at least the first episode.