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Bill Skarsgård Reprises Pennywise in IT Prequel WELCOME TO DERRY Filming in Ontario


Bill Skarsgard is reprising his role as Pennywise the clown in Max’s It prequel series Welcome to Derry (working title), which wraps filming season one this July in Ontario

Welcome to Derry is based on Stephen King’s It horror novel and expands on filmmaker Andy Muschietti’s vision established in the box office smashes It and It: Chapter Two. 

Set in the 1960s, four kids in a town bordering an Air Force base with a mysterious “Special Projects” bunker search for friend of theirs who disappeared mysteriously.

Does this remind anybody of the kids on bikes in Netflix’s Stranger Things?

A floating red balloon. 

Welcome to Derry had been scheduled to premiere this Halloween but may not debut until 2025 because of the long pause in production.

Related: It Prequel Series Welcome to Derry Preps To Resume Filming This January in Toronto

Filming started last year in early May with “locked” scripts and halted in July when Hollywood actors joined the writers on the picket lines . It resumed this year in mid-February.

Welcome to Derry Season One:

Working title: Fairview.

Pre-strike filming dates: May 01 2023 – production paused on July 14 2023.

Post-strike filming dates: February 12, 2024 – July 26 2024.

Showrunners: Jason Fuchs, Brad Caleb Kane.

Director: Andy Muschietti, who directed It: Part One & It: Part Two, will direct a few episodes of the series.

Cast: Bill Skarsgard, Taylour Paige, Jovan Adepo, Chris Chalk, James Remar, Madelaine Stowe, Stephen Rider.

Producers: Bill Skarsgård, Double Dream, Warner Bros. Television.

Filming locations:

Port Hope, Ontario, transformed into Derry, Maine for the film franchise, with Port Hope Municipal Hall playing the Derry Public Library and many other changes. 

Welcome to Derry filming in Toronto in June 2023.

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