This afternoon, J.J. Abrams' production company Bad Robot and legendary author Stephen King sent out a mysterious new trailer on Twitter for a series entitled Castle Rock. For fans of Stephen King, the town of Castle Rock, Maine is featured in a number of the author's stories, such as Cujo, Needful Things, The Dead Zone and The Body while the town is also referenced in Creepshow, IT, Gerald's Game and more. It seems all of these worlds may be coming together in this Castle Rock show, which will be an anthology series on Hulu.
The Hollywood Reporter reveals that Castle Rock will be an anthology series that will "weave together characters and themes" from the Stephen King novels that use the Castle Rock location. Each season will follow a different set of characters and story lines, while "interjecting themes and specific characters from previous seasons." The site also reports that Manhattan creator Sam Shaw and Manhattan executive producer Dustin Thomason are attached to the series in some fashion.
The town of Castle Rock first surfaced in the 1979 novel The Dead Zone, which was named after the mountain fort in William Golding's 1954 novel The Lord of the Flies. The teaser trailer also includes references to Misery, Salem's Lot and The Shawshank Redemption, so it seems likely those stories will be tied into the series. Other stories the Castle Rock town is featured in are Uncle Otto's Truck, Mrs. Todd's Shortcut, The Dark Half, The Sun Dog and It Grows on You. It isn't known how many episodes the first season will be, or when production may begin.
Castle Rock will be the second Hulu TV series for J.J. Abrams and Stephen King, following the hit series 11/22/63, which stars James Franco and aired on the streaming service last year. It hasn't been confirmed who has been set to write the pilot episode, or if casting is slated to begin in the near future. It also hasn't been confirmed if the series will be set in Maine or not. All we do know at this point is that the show has been given a series order, but hopefully we'll find out more details in the very near future.
Since many of the stories set in Castle Rock have been adapted into movies and/or TV shows, it would be interesting to see if this show would consider bringing back any of those cast members to reprise their roles, or if they just plan on re-casting for these characters. Still, it has been many years since some of those movies and TV shows have debuted, so perhaps that may not be the best strategy. At any rate, take a look at the teaser trailer for Castle Rock below, and stay tuned for more on this mysterious new series that will debut on Hulu at some point in the near future.