IT Prequel Series WELCOME TO DERRY Will Reportedly Feature Bill Skarsgård As Pennywise

Though unconfirmed, reports are coming in that the planned HBO Max It prequel series, Welcome To Derry, will feature the return of Bill Skarsgård as the demonic clown known as Pennywise...

We recently learned that Jason Fuchs and Brad Caleb Kane had been enlisted as co-showrunners for the planned HBO Max It prequel series, with the movies' director Andy Muschietti expected to join them as EP and possibly helm at least one episode (likely the premiere).

Now, some more details on the project have been revealed by The Illuminerdi (via FearHQ.com), and it sounds like Welcome To Derry may share more than a few plot points with Stephen King's classic horror novel.

According to the site, the show will be set in the '60s, and is currently casting a Black male lead in their 30s to play a patriotic Army pilot who is "trying to bring people together in an unlikely time." The production is also searching for young actors to play a group of friends, who sound an awful lot like they'll be introduced as a sort of  "proto" take on the Losers Club.

Most interestingly - and this lines up with something we've also heard - Bill Skarsgård will reportedly reprise the role of Pennywise the Clown from the films.

We still don't have any official plot details for Welcome To Derry, but the show will almost certainly delve into the origins of the demonic creature who is believed to have been terrorizing the town for a very long time, and may even take us back to when he first arrived on Earth. 

What do you guys make of this idea? Is Welcome To Derry sounding a little too much like a retread of the original story in a different time-period? Drop us a comment down below.

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