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Stephen King Says He’s Not Involved in HBO Max’s Pennywise Prequel

Stephen King said he didn’t want to see IT again in a new novel and wasn’t involved in the new prequel, but was looking forward to seeing it.

Stephen King fans have wondered for some time if the author will ever return to the city of Derry and the entity called THIS, but it seems like they shouldn’t have much hope for a new Pennywise-centric novel, as King revealed that he “doesn’t have a relationship with Pennywise now.” According to comments made by King during an appearance on The Losers Club Podcast by Bloody Disgustingit also doesn’t seem to have an entry on the Welcome to Derby prequel in development for HBO Max, but he’s looking forward to it as a fan.

Stephen King’s 1986 epic novel THIS was originally adapted as a TV miniseries in 1990, with Tim Curry playing the demonic clown Pennywise. While still one of King’s most iconic adaptations, the two-part film version released by Warner Bros. in 2017 and 2019 delivered a more brutal version of the novel, and despite some flaws, the film was a huge success in cinemas. . Obviously, this means that Warner Bros. now wants to continue the IT story, and it will take the form of a prequel series, which is currently being developed by Andy and Barbara Muschietti.


Speaking on The Losers Club podcast, King was asked if he had any plans to return to the IT world in a future novel and ended up revealing he had no plans for it. nor was he part of the team working on the prequel. . He said:

“Well, I don’t have a relationship with Pennywise now, because I have no intention of going back to computing…it’s in the hands of the people who do this…Andy and Barbara [Muschietti] are going to do ‘Welcome to Derry’, they talk about it anyway. And they have kind of a handshake, I think, with HBO Max. It is an interesting possibility to do so. They talked about a prequel. Which seemed like a good idea to me. I’d love to see what Pennywise was up to 27 before the 50s. Or, I guess it would be the 80s, because they updated the [setting]. So that would be, you know, before World War II or something. It will be interesting to see what happens with that.”

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Stephen King has built his own universe over the past five decades

Over the years, Stephen King’s work has been linked by a number of threads, whether it’s the recurring prison locations of Castle Rock, Derry and Shawshank, the ubiquitous villain Randall Flagg or the dark tower series that is almost a pivot between dozens of King novels, including THIS.

As for Pennywise, despite only appearing in one novel, the character’s mythology and possible return have been seen in many of King’s other works, so it’s no surprise that a lot of people are skeptical. expected King to have some sort of other involvement with the nightmare stuff that is Pennywise. One of the biggest teases came in King’s 2001 novel Dream Catcher, when the novel’s central characters visited Derry and discovered the words “Pennywise Lives” graffitied on a wall. Although we’re now apparently getting more Pennywise in the HBO Max prequel, it looks like King will be waiting like everyone else to see how it pans out.