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.