Hulu has officially set sail from the Stephen King-inspired anthology TV show Castle Rock after only two seasons, according to Deadline.
This was to be expected, as the producer of the show, Warner Bros TV has been stepping away from the original shows it produced for Hulu to work more with HBO Max. Deadline also adds: “There are no plans for Castle Rock to continue on HBO Max.”
On the bright side, it looks like J. J. Abrams (Lost, Star Wars: The Force Awakens), who had executive produced Castle Rock along with Stephen King, is set to produce yet another Stephen King-inspired TV show with HBO Max called Overlook, which is described as a spinoff of The Shining, as reported by The Hollywood Reporter. The studio has been tinkering with this project since 2014, but it seems to finally be a concrete upcoming project.
This show will explore the eponymous Overlook Hotel lore featured in Stephen King’s 1977 book The Shining and Stanley Kubrick’s 1980 film of the same name.
It seems highly likely that this show will be similar to Castle Rock and may even branch off of it, as they are both produced by Abrams and the first season of Castle Rock ends with a post-credits scene that implies a season based on The Shining, which was not explored in season two.
Castle Rock has been a popular show with horror fans with generally positive reviews, and features an all-star horror cast of Bill Skarsgård (It, Hemlock Grove), André Holland (American Horror Story, Moonlight), Sissy Spacek (Carrie), Lizzy Caplan (Cloverfield, Mean Girls), Jany Levy (Evil Dead (2013), Don’t Breathe), and more.
The first season of the show was an original story with elements from The Shawshank Redemption and many other King stories, while the second season focuses more directly on the story of Misery.
The first two seasons of Castle Rock are still on Hulu, so check it out if you haven’t yet.