J.J. Abrams, Stephen King Team Up for Limited Series ‘Castle Rock’ on Hulu

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J.J. Abrams and Stephen King are teaming up for a limited series on Hulu.

The surprise announcement came Friday evening, thanks to a mystery image posted on the official Twitter account of Abrams’ company Bad Robot. The tweet signaled fans to a trailer for the series, titled “Castle Rock,” an ode to the fictional town in Maine, which is a popular setting in many of King’s novels.

Fans of Stephen King, known as Constant Readers, will recognize “Castle Rock” as the setting in many of King’s books, including “Cujo,” “The Dead Zone,” and “The Body.”

The trailer winds a path past many famous locations found in King’s books — like ‘Salems Lot, the Shawshank State Prison, Pennywise (the clown from “It”), the name Annie Wilkes (the crazed uber-fan in “Misery”) and more — before zooming out on a map of Maine.

“Castle Rock” marks the second collaboration between Abrams and King at Hulu, following last year’s “11.22.63,” starring James Franco.

Hulu isn’t the only platform adapting King’s work these days. Idris Elba will star in a film adaptation of “The Dark Tower,” which hits theaters this summer; a new iteration of “It” is coming Sept. 8; and Spike has greenlit a series based on “The Mist.”

UPDATE, Feb. 21: “Castle Rock” has landed 10-episode order, Hulu announced on Tuesday, also calling the project an “ongoing series,” meaning it’s not intended to be a 10-episode limited run. Sam Shaw and Dustin Thomason are co-writers and executive producers on the drama that is described as a psychological-horror series. Warner Bros. Television is the studio, along with Bad Robot. Production will begin this year, and no premiere date has been set.

Watch the teaser for “Castle Rock” here:

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  1. zimriel says:

    I’m looking forward to the Mist. The original story was one of King’s earliest and this young King didn’t understand story-structure. It also lacked an ending (which the movie solved, albeit abruptly). King himself admitted its problems.

    As a serial, the too-early Big Reveal (that the mist is full of transdimensional monsters) will work as the end of a two-hour episode if not the premier. And the saga through Mist America, which the book promised but couldn’t happen in the movie, can happen now.

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