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Stephen King BOMBSHELL: Hulu. Bad Robot. “CASTLE ROCK”

Holy shit.

J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot just dropped massive news this Friday evening, sending us into the weekend quivering in excitement.

Stephen King fans, you may want to sit down for this.

Castle Rock is part of Stephen King’s fictional Maine topography and provides the setting for a number of his novels, novellas, and short 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”.

The point? Abrams just announced, via the below video, that he’s producing a brand new Hulu Original series based on this fictional town. The anthology will weave together characters and themes from the King stories set in that town. Each season will follow a different set of characters and story lines while interjecting themes and specific characters from previous seasons.

The limited series is being written and will be executive produced by Sam Shaw (“Manhattan”). Dusty Thomason is also attached.

Can’t help but wonder if they’ll go full meta and have an actor actually play Stephen King, much like when Jack Black played R.L. Stine in Goosebumps. It also sort of makes me think about John Carpenter’s In the Mouth of Madness

“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.

I can’t even begin to wrap my head around how cool this is going to be, especially after Hulu’s excellent “11/22/63” starring James Franco.



COMMENTS

45 Comments
  • Satanzilla

    YAWN.

  • Seal Clubber

    This is CRAZY good news … I cannot wait to see how it pans out.

  • Brandon Burns

    I’m seeing a Stranger Things type knockoff.

    • jasonlives1986

      Stephen King doesn’t need to ripoff stranger things bruh.

      In fact. Stranger things follows a shit ton of IT beats.

      • Desi Desu

        Don’t forget Firestarter!!! Basically the saaaame hahaha

    • Khy

      You’re one dumb bitch. Stranger Things was nothing but a giant homage to a number of films- Stephen King being a main inspiration for alot of it.

      Why do people keep acting as if every series that comes out is a Strangers Things knock off when Strangers Things itself is a (good) knock off.

      • Brandon Burns

        Name calling. Nice. How old are you? I bet you’re a liberal too.

  • The only actor that can pull off Stephen King would be Kevin Bacon.

  • khail19

    Now THIS is the Stephen King shared universe we’ve been wishing for! I feel like that won’t happen with The Dark Tower and The Stand since having Matthew McConaughey reprise Randal Flagg for the latter returned to being just a rumor after David Yates dropped out of the project years ago.

  • zombie84_41

    Legitness

  • Rohan

    Hell yeah!

  • I’m intrigued! This is a GREAT idea, but only IF Stephen King is involved in the process…

  • Chris Mosher

    Move over marvel….

    There’s a new of KING of shared universes!!!!!!

    • Munchie

      Fail.

      • Brandon MisterJuicy Alexander

        10 years out of date insult is 10 years out of date.

        • Munchie

          Ridiculous meme-based retort is ridiculous.

          • Brandon MisterJuicy Alexander

            meta.

  • RKSDooM

    Wow, there is a shitload of potential here. Imagine a show that has DEAD ZONE as it’s first season, CUJO as it’s second (with people referencing the serial killer from DEAD ZONE, just like they did in the book of CUJO), etc., etc…. All culminating in a final season based on NEEDFUL THINGS.

    If the quality is there, this could be really magnificent.

    • Desi Desu

      Unfortunately it reminds me of the style used in American Horror Story, I really HOPE that they’re able to achieve a good series, with a good, respectable adaptation, pleaaaase! (I’m so anxious to see the adaptation of Needful Things!!!)

      • RKSDooM

        I can’t wait for a THE DARK HALF season, myself :). That was one of my first King books.

  • Jeff Rouble

    Yep! I’m in! So excited for this!

  • justin anthony

    I’d be twice as excited if they made a series about Ludlow.

  • GinsuVictim

    Several things in that video are not from Castle Rock.

  • Patrick Lift

    if only they wouldnt have completely ruined the dark tower with horrible sjw casting and poorly done movie

    • Tweedy

      You saw it??? Nice!!!!!

    • Tony Harley

      “sjw casting” oh you’re that racist person that bitches about diversity

      • James

        It’s not racist. It’s just bad casting.

        • The Punisher

          Racist. R-A-C-I-S-T

          • Desi Desu

            the actual racist thing is to resort to Magical negro when they’re not able to create an original black character, so they have to take the place of a white OC. Pathetic

    • Ryan Stike

      Agreed. Been called racist for my assessment, but the character is white, his appearance, especially his eyes, are mentioned countless times, and let’s not forget the racial tension between him and Detta. How many times does she call him a Honkey Mafah… how is that going to work with a Black Roland? In advance I will not be replying to any comments calling me a racist, because not only is that argument completely idiotic, I’ve heard it all before. King himself said he envisioned Clint Eastwood, who is also white. If the author himself said that, then any other argument is, as stated, idiotic. Calling someone a racist because they disagree with casting is ignorance in and of itself. End rant.

  • Jonathan Larsson

    Now this sounds interesting!

  • Thomas Jozwiak

    11.22.63 sucked.

    • Donnie Bellville

      Bored the shit out of me.

  • WALKTER

    11.22.63 was awsome

    • Fracassi

      Loved it! Really tugged at the heart strings on the last episode.

  • macguffin54

    Manhattan was a very good series (at least S1 was; haven’t gotten to S2 yet because I was bummed it was canceled due to low ratings). So this could be good. 11-22-63 was decent. Not great, not horrible. A by-the-numbers adaptation. Those that made it had no passion for the project (at least it didn’t seem like it).

  • Abandoned_Being

    I’m intrigued by the idea to say the least.

  • dukeblues

    Rather see a Salems Lot series. Not just a mini series

    • Brett

      Couldn’t beat the ’70s miniseries. Some of the scariest scenes I ever saw.

  • Debi Reed

    I really hope the first part of this was meant to be sarcastic because if you don’t know about Castle Rock you don’t deserve to call yourself Stephen King fan. The same goes for Derry and Chester’s Mill

  • EvilHead1981

    “It” should’ve been a series like this (maybe on Netflix or one of the movie channels), though I AM curious to see what kind of references they make that that story in this series. They clearly mention Pennywise and you hear clown-like laughter.

    • Cryptic1989

      Are you looking forward to the new IT movie?

  • Sykes

    R.I.P. Ray Brower.

  • Greg Mesheau

    “IT” takes place in Derry, how close is that to Castle Rock? I’m not up on my King imaginary Maine geography.

    • RKSDooM

      Off the top of my head, I’m not sure, but I seem to recall that Derry, Jerusalem’s Lot and Castle Rock were all fairly close together.

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