HBO Max’s ‘Welcome to Derry‘ Prequel to ‘It‘ Progresses, but Bill Skarsgard’s Return as Pennywise Uncertain
HBO Max’s prequel series to Warner Bros’ two-part adaptation of Stephen King’s It has been given the green light and is currently in the production stage. Titled Welcome to Derry, the showrunners for the series are Brad Caleb Kane and Jason Fuchs. Skarsgard’s participation remains uncertain for now. Despite being announced in March 2020, it was only last month that the series was officially given the go-ahead by HBO Max.
Skarsgard was asked about Welcome to Derry during a Jake’s Takes interview, if there’s any chance he would play Pennywise again – and if not, what advice he would give to the next Pennywise. Skarsgard said, “We’ll see what they come up with and what they do with it. As of now, I’m not currently involved in it. If someone else gets to do it, my advice is to make it your own. Have fun with it. What I thought was so pleasurable about that character was how incredibly abstract he was. If you start reading Stephen King’s cocaine-binged book, you just go like, ‘What the hell?’ There’s so many weird tantrums and abstractions that you can kind of sit and decipher. That’s what I did with the character and I really enjoyed that aspect, it informed the character. The book is really a gift that way. So if someone would take it on, it’s just, go through the book and find the clues, and they’re so out there you can kind of make your own conclusions to them.“
Welcome to Derry Prequel to It Enlists the Muschiettis, Fuchs, and HBO Max as Executive Producers
Andy Muschietti and Barbara Muschietti, the sibling director/producer team behind the two It movies, will executive produce Welcome to Derry through their production company Double Dream. The show’s showrunners, Brad Caleb Kane and Jason Fuchs, will also serve as executive producers. The series is being produced by both HBO Max and Warner Bros. Television.
Jason Fuchs has penned the script for the show’s premiere episode, based on a story developed with the Muschiettis. Additionally, Andy Muschietti will helm several episodes of the series, including the first installment.
Netflix Doc ‘Devil on Trial’ Explores The Paranormal Claims of ‘Conjuring 3’
What is it about Lorraine Warren and her constant row with the devil? We may find out in the new Netflix documentary called The Devil on Trial which will premiere on October 17, or at least we will see why she chose to take on this case.
Back in 2021, everyone was holed up in their homes, and anyone with an HBO Max subscription could stream “Conjuring 3” day and date. It got mixed reviews, maybe because this wasn’t an ordinary haunted house tale that the Conjuring universe is known for. It was more of a crime procedural than a paranormal investigative one.
As with all of the Warren-based Conjuring movies, The Devil Made Me Do It was based on “a true story,” and Netflix is taking that claim to task with The Devil on Trial. The Netflix e-zine Tudum explains the backstory:
“Often referred to as the ‘Devil Made Me Do It’ case, the trial of 19-year-old Arne Cheyenne Johnson quickly became the subject of lore and fascination after it made national news in 1981. Johnson claimed that he murdered his 40-year-old landlord, Alan Bono, while under the influence of demonic forces. The brutal killing in Connecticut drew the attention of self-professed demonologists and paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren, known for their probe into the infamous haunting in Amityville, Long Island, several years prior. The Devil on Trial recounts the troubling events leading up to Bono’s murder, the trial, and the aftermath, using firsthand accounts of the people closest to the case, including Johnson.”
Then there’s the logline: The Devil on Trial explores the first — and only — time “demonic possession” has officially been used as a defense in a US murder trial. Including firsthand accounts of alleged devil possession and shocking murder, this extraordinary story forces reflection on our fear of the unknown.
If anything, this companion to the original film might shed some light on just how accurate these “true story” Conjuring films are and how much is just a writer’s imagination.
Paramount+ Peak Screaming Collection: Full List of Movies, Series, Special Events
Paramount+ is joining the Halloween streaming wars happening this month. With actors and writers on strike, the studios are having to promote their own content. Plus they seem to have tapped into something we already know, Halloween and horror movies go hand-in-hand.
To compete with popular apps such as Shudder and Screambox, which have their own produced content, the major studios are curating their own lists for subscribers. We have a list from Max. We have a list from Hulu/Disney. We have a list of theatrical releases. Heck, we even have lists of our own.
Of course, all of this is based on your wallet and budget for subscriptions. Still, if you shop around there are deals such as free trails or cable packages that could help you decide.
Today, Paramount+ released their Halloween schedule which they title the “Peak Screaming Collection” and is jam-packed with their successful brands as well as a few new things like the television premiere of Pet Sematary: Bloodlines on October 6.
They also have the new series Bargain and Monster High 2, both dropping on October 5.
These three titles will join a massive library of more than 400 movies, series, and Halloween-themed episodes of beloved shows.
Here is a list of what else you can discover on Paramount+ (and Showtime) through the month of October:
- Big Screen’s Big Screams: Blockbuster hits, such as Scream VI, Smile, Paranormal Activity, Mother! and Orphan: First Kill
- Slash Hits: Spine-chilling slashers, such as Pearl*, Halloween VI: The Curse of Michael Myers*, X* and Scream (1995)
- Horror Heroines: Iconic films and series, featuring scream queens, such as A Quiet Place, A Quiet Place Part II, YELLOWJACKETS* and 10 Cloverfield Lane
- Supernatural Scares: Otherworldly oddities with The Ring (2002), The Grudge (2004), The Blair Witch Project and Pet Sematary (2019)
- Family Fright Night: Family favorites and kids titles, such as The Addams Family (1991 and 2019), Monster High: The Movie, Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events and A Really Haunted Loud House, which debuts on the service within collection on Thursday, September 28
- Coming of Rage: High-school horrors like TEEN WOLF: THE MOVIE, WOLF PACK, SCHOOL SPIRITS, Teeth*, Firestarter and My Dead Ex
- Critically Acclaimed: Praised scares, such as Arrival, District 9, Rosemary’s Baby*, Annihilation and Suspiria (1977)*
- Creature Features: Monsters take center stage in iconic films, such as King Kong (1976), Cloverfield*, Crawl and Congo*
- A24 Horror: Peak A24 thrillers, such as Midsommar*, Bodies Bodies Bodies*, The Killing of a Sacred Deer* and Men*
- Costume Goals: Cosplay contenders, such as Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves, Transformers: Rise of the Beasts, Top Gun: Maverick, Sonic 2, STAR TREK: STRANGE NEW WORLDS, TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES: MUTANT MAYHEM and Babylon
- Halloween Nickstalgia: Nostalgic episodes from Nickelodeon favorites, including SpongeBob SquarePants, Hey Arnold!, Rugrats (1991), iCarly (2007) and Aaahh!!! Real Monsters
- Suspenseful Series: Darkly captivating seasons of EVIL, Criminal Minds, The Twilight Zone, DEXTER* and TWIN PEAKS: THE RETURN*
- International Horror: Terrors from around the globe with Train to Busan*, The Host*, Death’s Roulette and Curandero
Paramount+ also will be the streaming home to CBS’ seasonal content, including the first-ever Big Brother primetime Halloween episode on October 31**; a wrestling-themed Halloween episode on The Price Is Right on October 31**; and a spooky celebration on Let’s Make a Deal on October 31**.
Other Paramount+ Peak Screaming Season events:
This season, the Peak Screaming offering will come to life with the first-ever Paramount+ Peak Screaming-themed celebration at the Javits Center Saturday, October 14, from 8 p.m. – 11 p.m., exclusively to New York Comic Con badge holders.
In addition, Paramount+ will present The Haunted Lodge, an immersive, pop-up Halloween experience, riddled with some of the scariest films and series from Paramount+. Visitors can step inside their favorite shows and movies, from SpongeBob SquarePants to YELLOWJACKETS to PET SEMATARY: BLOODLINES at The Haunted Lodge inside the Westfield Century City Mall in Los Angeles from October 27-29.
The Peak Screaming collection is available to stream now. To view the Peak Screaming trailer, click here.
* Title is available to Paramount+ with SHOWTIME plan subscribers.
**All Paramount+ with SHOWTIME subscribers can live stream CBS titles via the live feed on Paramount+. Those titles will be available on demand to all subscribers the day after they air live.
A24 & AMC Theaters Collab For “October Thrills and Chills” Line-Up
Off-beat movie studio A24 is taking over Wednesdays at AMC theaters next month. “A24 Presents: October Thrills & Chills Film Series,” will be an event that showcases some of the studio’s best horror movies re-presented on the big screen.
Ticket buyers will also receive a one-month free trial of A24 All Access (AAA24), an app that allows subscribers a free zine, exclusive content, merch, discounts, and more.
There are four movies to choose from each week. First up is The Witch on October 4, then X on October 11, followed by Under the Skin on October 18, and finally the Director’s Cut of Midsommar on October 25.
Since it was founded in 2012, A24 has become a beacon of off-the-grid independent movies. In fact, they often outshine their mainstream counterparts with non-derivative content made by directors who create visions that are unique and untempered by large Hollywood studios.
This approach has garnered many devoted fans to the studio which recently took home an Academy Award for Everything Everywhere All at Once.
Coming up shortly is the finale to the Ti West tryptic X. Mia Goth returns as West’s muse in MaXXXine, a slasher murder mystery set in the 1980s.
The studio also put its label on the teen possession film Talk to Me after its premiere at Sundance this year. The movie was a hit with both critics and audience-goers prompting the directors Danny Philippou and Michael Philippou to pitch a sequel which they say has already been made.
The “A24 Presents: October Thrills & Chills Film Series,” might be a great time for movie lovers not familiar with A24 to see what all the fuss is about. We would suggest any of the films in the line-up especially the nearly three-hour director’s cut of Ari Aster’s Midsommar.