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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.


6 Comments
  • jackstark211

    I’m all for this.

  • Prince Of Darkness

    JJ Abrams is on a mission to destroy as many cool things as he can. Star Trek? Check! Star Wars? Check! Stephen King’s 11/22/63? Check! The little fictional town of Castle Rock? Check! His problem is that he writes JJ Abrams stories filled with JJ Abrams characters, then wraps them in a Trek/Wars skin and thinks that it’s all good. He has no clue what the appeal of whatever franchise he takes over really is, but they make money so he gets away with it.

    • Seal Clubber

      Man … you are about as anti-JJ Abrams as Garfield is Anti-Mondays lol …..

    • Well 11/22/63 wasn’t all that great to begin with. The series actually cut out a bunch of unnecessary crap and pretty well reflected the okay book. I can’t really complain about Abrams. It’s clear what he’s doing, but he’s good at it…

  • Jada Maes

    Even if you just use characters from the Castle Rock stories themselves, the possibilities are droolworthy: George Stark, Cujo, Leland Gaunt, Sheriff Alan Pangborn, the Sun Dog… My fantasy casting is Kiefer Sutherland playing Ace Merrill again 🙂

  • CelticBull

    I hope the writing staff is rather small, so that Marc Bernadin can actually influence the show…

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