Derry Girls writer Lisa McGee praises fans for hilarious responses to new It series
News that Stephen King’s classic It is getting a prequel series on HBO Max has been met with a hilarious reaction from fans of a very different show.
Pennywise – the terrifying clown most recently portrayed in two films by Bill Skarsgard – is set to return to screens in a prequel series on HBO Max.
Welcome To Derry is based on King’s 1986 novel IT and will be directed by Andy Muschietti who was behind 2017’s It and 2019’s It: Chapter Two.
The series is set in Derry, which King has called “Maine’s most haunted city”.
Its title, however, has attracted attention from fans of another Derry-set show: Derry Girls.
Fans were dismayed when Lisa McGee’s hit Channel 4 comedy Derry Girls came to an end with its critically acclaimed third season in 2022.
Instead of following the story of a horrifying clown in Maine, Derry Girls takes place in Derry, Northern Ireland, during the Nineties.
The title of King’s new series has prompted some hilarious memes featuring the show’s much-loved characters, such as Saorise-Monica Jackson Erin, Nicola Coughlan’s Clare, and Kathy Kiera Clarke’s Aunt Sarah.
McGee has praised fans of the show for their responses, writing on Twitter: “You’re outdoing yourselves in the replies lads.”
Here’s a few of the best…
“I was on me walk like I usually go half ta seven except on Mondays when I go at seven but it was Tuesday. An I noticed the feller standin there in tha rain. I says ta him, ‘mighty damp’ for it was rainin and he didn’t have an umbrella though he did have a balloon — red it was.” https://t.co/3JkRmozMfA pic.twitter.com/4WMvhLn8Fs
— Katie 🔭🦝 (@flight2themoon) February 25, 2023
“Oh and one more thing ladies. There is a rumour going around that there is an ugly looking clown scaring people. If you see it. My advice would be to just run, but NOT to me. As I couldn’t care less why someone is dressed up like that.” https://t.co/4W8rbW0Txd pic.twitter.com/vVIfTT3vL0
— hunter⋆ (@ThatOnePoes) February 25, 2023
"And I just wanna say, although I'm not happy about this thing with the weans, I have to give it you, that is some cracker make up. Great symmetry, lovely lines" https://t.co/Qwy0qXMpX6 pic.twitter.com/3cnSRk33qd
— Jij. (@JijGigiJiwapo) February 26, 2023
girls, to be completely honest, i don’t care if half the school go missing.
if the ginger bastard could take father peter along with them, i’ll be nothing but grateful https://t.co/rMmHjOmlCN pic.twitter.com/iBqYDGW2Xd
— daniel (commissions open) (@sunshinegr3y) February 26, 2023
So I saw this wee clown fella down the sewer. I say wee but truth be told he was about 6 foot 3, or was it 6 foot 4? Can't be sure because there was a balloon in the way. But anyway he was around 6 foot 4, let's say 6 foot 3 and a half to be safe, and he had this big grin on https://t.co/NBkxKJmud7 pic.twitter.com/xbV1I2Hopd
— Cassie (@Cassiesmyth) February 24, 2023
"No, Joe. Just because the clown lives in the sewer, that doesn't mean he's 'technically from the South'." https://t.co/v8m8ChWu0P pic.twitter.com/TlcZQCE1NR
— the Joe Griffin (theJoeGriffin@mastadon.ie) (@theJoeGriffin) February 27, 2023
A release date for Welcome to Derry is yet to be announced.
“I’m excited that the story of Derry, Maine’s most haunted city, is continuing, and I’m glad Andy Muschietti is going to be overseeing the frightening festivities, along with a brain trust including his talented sister, Barbara,” said King in a statement earlier this month. “Red balloons all around!”
It was announced that Jason Fuchs (co-writer of Wonder Woman) will write the teleplay for the first episode.