We’re currently in the midst of a golden age for Stephen King adaptations on screens both big and small, but Hulu’s “Castle Rock” is a bit different. Rather than being an adaptation of a King story, the J.J. Abrams-produced series is instead set within the Stephen King Universe, telling an original story that takes place inside King’s fictional town of Castle Rock.
Last week, Hulu uploaded the first three episodes, with a new one premiering every Wednesday. And we’re now learning that subsequent seasons of the show, if the first season is successful enough to warrant a renewal, will each tell their own “Castle Rock” stories.
Speaking with co-creator Sam Shaw at Comic Con, our Rafael Motamayor got the scoop.
“Our plan was always to approach each season as an unwritten Stephen King novel,” said Shaw.
He continued, “He’s a genre unto himself and there are seven or eight well defined sub-genres. We’ve always loved the stories dealing with crime and punishment, and prisons, and Stephen King sort of grappling with real-world monsters – and what we do with them, and where we put them, how we treat them, and whether that makes us monsters. This season is written very much in the shadow of Shawshank and The Green Mile, and stories dealing with incarceration. But then there are great banging monster stories or there are cosmic stories about good and evil.”
“We hope to have the latitude to come back to future seasons and just tell a great monster story set in like 1974 or a different kind of story under the influence of a very different Stephen King novel,” Shaw added.