Alright boys and girls, get ready for story time. Hulu and Bad Robot dropped a teaser trailer on Friday for the upcoming Castle Rock series, which will focus on the vast universe of Stephen King. We can now confirm some details on what the whole thing is all about.
It’s been announced by The Hollywood Reporter that Castle Rock is a 10-episode anthology series from executive producers Sam Shaw and Dustin Thomason (Manhattan), who will also serve as writers for the series.
Their sources say that each season will intertwine characters and themes from the works of Stephen King in the mysterious town of Castle Rock. Subsequent seasons will feature a new set of characters and will tie in to previous characters and themes, wrapped up in one creepy little shared universe package.
According to THR, Hulu describes the series as “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 fictional Maine town of Castle Rock has figured prominently in King’s literary career: Cujo, The Dark Half, IT and Needful Things, as well as novella The Body and numerous short stories such as Rita Hayworth and The Shawshank Redemption are either set there or contain references to Castle Rock. Castle Rock is an original suspense/thriller — a first-of-its-kind reimagining that explores the themes and worlds uniting the entire King canon, while brushing up against some of his most iconic and beloved stories.”
The teaser trailer mentions titles of and character names from It, Dolores Claiborne, Needful Things, ‘Salem’s Lot, Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption, Dreamcatcher, Night Shift, The Green Mile, Misery, Hearts In Atlantis, The Shining, The Mangler, Four Past Midnight, Different Seasons, Nightmares & Dreamscapes, and The Night Flier.
This will be the second collaboration for executive producer J.J. Abrams, Stephen King, Hulu, and Warner Bros. Television following the mini-series 11.22.63 starring James Franco.
Shaw and Thomason will executive produce alongside Abrams and Bad Robot Productions’ Ben Stephenson and Liz Glotzer. The Hulu series will be brought to us by Bad Robot Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television.
At this time there’s no set release date or announced casting, but production will begin sometime this year.