Welcome to Derry release updates, cast, synopsis, and more

If you ask any horror fan for their top 10 favorite movies, we’re willing to be Stephen King’s It is on the list (even though it was originally released as a miniseries). It (2017) and its sequel, It Chapter Two (2019), also provide a lot of horror and thrills. The horror franchise continues with Welcome to Derry, set to stream on HBO Max. When is the series coming out? Who stars in Welcome to Derry? We share all the details with you, here!

On February 23, 2023, it was reported by The Hollywood Reporter that HBO Max has officially given Welcome to Derry a straight-to-series order, meaning a full season is on the way!

From our release date prediction, cast, and what the upcoming feature will be about, here’s everything we know so far about HBO Max’s Welcome to Derry. 

Welcome to Derry release date predictions

Collider believes Welcome to Derry will be here sometime in 2023, and we’ve been hoping the series will arrive just in time for the 2023 Halloween season, which would be perfect! According to a recent report, HBO Max is apparently eyeing an April 2023 start date for filming. That hasn’t been confirmed by the streamer, however, but an alleged production listing says April 3. That might be a very tight turnaround for a Halloween release, but we will be sure to keep you posted once we hear more.

Welcome to Derry cast

Fans are still very much in the dark when it comes to details about the upcoming horror series, including who will star in it. At this time, an official cast list has not been announced. Will we see any of the stars from the movies? I sure hope so! Recently, a rumor has gone around claiming Bill Skarsgård will return as Pennywise the clown. Comic Book Movie says it’s not confirmed yet, but fingers crossed we get that announcement soon! The actor did a fantastic job in the most recent movies.

Andy Muschietti, Barbara Muschietti, and Jason Fuchs are on board, with Muschietti set to direct multiple episodes including the premiere, as reported by The Hollywood Reporter. Fuchs and Brad Caleb Kane will be the showrunners.

Welcome to Derry synopsis

One thing we know about the series is that it will serve as a prequel to the events we’ve seen in the movies. How was the town of Derry before Pennywise took over and haunted the streets, terrorizing families? Welcome to Derry will be giving us the full story.

If you have always had questions about Pennywise’s origins and how the curse began, the series will finally give us some answers.

HBO Max head of originals Sarah Aubrey recently chatted with Variety on their upcoming releases, and teased what we can expect from Welcome to Derry:

“We have been working with Jason Fuchs, Brad Caleb Kane, Andy Muschietti and Barbara Muschietti very closely…They’re so deep into this mythology and they have such a firm handle on the storytelling around these characters and also the demented scares that they’re putting into things. Sometimes I’m, like, ‘What’s wrong with you?’ Just all the wild ways they think up to terrify us. You’ll be hearing more concretely about that development very soon… Andy is very involved in every bit of this, so that is the real recipe for success and for delighting fans.”

Once again, as soon as we have more details, we will update this post.