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.
— Bad Robot (@bad_robot) February 18, 2017
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: