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J.J. Abrams Talks “Castle Rock”; Many Iconic Stephen King Characters Involved

One of this year’s biggest horror stories so far was the reveal that Hulu and J.J. Abrams are developing TV series “Castle Rock,” inspired by the fictional town made famous by the works of Stephen King. Several of King’s stories have either been set in or directly referenced the town, which will be the setting of the series. A 10-episode initial run was ordered by the network.

Speaking with Jimmy Fallon on “The Tonight Show” this past Friday, J.J. Abrams noted that “Castle Rock,” as teased by that incredible trailer, will feature various King characters.

Abrams told Fallon:

Castle Rock is this town that [King] made famous in all these different books; and these two two writers, Dustin Thomason and Sam Shaw, came up with this incredibly cool, terrifying, weird, funny idea of a series, new story, that takes place in this town. And all of these characters from Stephen King’s books sort of are peripherally involved. 

We pitched it to Stephen King. He went nuts for it.

You can watch the chat below, which includes a fun story about The Descent!

A psychological-horror series set in the Stephen King multiverse, “Castle Rock” combines the mythological scale and intimate character storytelling of King’s best-loved works, weaving an epic saga of darkness and light, played out on a few square miles of Maine woodland. The first-of-its-kind reimagining explores the themes and worlds uniting the entire King canon, while brushing up against some of his most iconic and beloved stories.

Castle Rock first appeared in King’s 1979 novel “The Dead Zone”, and has reappeared as late as his 2013 novel “Doctor Sleep” and 2014 novel “Revival”. The name is taken from the fictional mountain fort of the same name in William Golding’s 1954 novel “Lord of the Flies”.

“Cujo”, “The Dark Half” and “Needful Things” were set in Castle Rock, while “Creepshow”, “The Stand”, “Sleepwalkers”, “Gerald’s Game” and even “It” reference the town.

Manhattan creator Sam Shaw & Dustin Thomason developed the project for television and serve as writers. They executive produce along with Abrams, Ben Stephenson and Liz Glotzer.



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