Look For “Demented Scares” From ‘Welcome To Derry’

by Thomas Tuna

The horrors in Derry run deep.

Welcome to Derry–the HBO Max prequel series to the two It feature films–recently added two showrunners to move the show into production, and now a station executive has shared her take on the progress being made so far.

Sarah Aubrey, HBO Max head of originals, said during a recent Variety interview that the station is working “very closely” with showrunners Jason Fuchs and Brad Caleb Kane–as well as writers Andy and Barbara Muschietti.

“They’re so deep into this mythology, and they have such a firm handle on the storytelling around these characters–and the demented scares they’re putting into things,” Aubrey said. “Just all the wild ways they think up to terrify us. You’ll be hearing more concretely about that development very soon.”

Welcome to Derry--which could take place over hundreds of years–will primarily be set in the 1960s and will explore the backstory of Pennywise the Clown and the curse over the Maine town of Derry–the community made famous by Stephen King’s classic 1986 novel and the 2017 and 2019 films.

The original film It–directed by Andy Muschietti from a screenplay by Chase Palmer, Cary Fukunaga and Gary Dauberman–is set in Derry and tells the horrifying story of The Losers’ Club, a group of seven outcast children who are terrorized by Pennywise.

The film was a hit with fans and critics, raking in more than $700 million worldwide on a $35-million budget and giving birth to the 2019 sequel, It Chapter Two.

Keep reading Horror News Network for further updates on Welcome to Derry on HBO Max.


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