Transom: 'It' Heads to HBO; Bay to Uni?
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HBO Max Decides It is It
Our hot story this morning: The Transom has learned that HBO Max is developing an It prequel series that is tentatively titled Welcome to Derry. The series would likely explore the origin story of Pennywise the Clown as well as the dawn of the 27-year curse that haunts the small Maine town.
There’s no word on whether anyone from either It movie will make an appearance. Nor is it clear that this show has been greenlit. But at this point, we can say that an honest to god writer’s room is being/has been convened for the project.
The series makes perfect sense for HBO Max given the popularity of that It franchise, which grossed a combined $1.17 billion worldwide.
Horror is the thing right now, and WarnerMedia needs to order these kinds of shows. I’m shocked they passed on that Overlook Hotel series, and that they haven’t ordered a Nightmare on Elm Street TV series by now, as every writer in town would kill to pitch on that project.