Castle Rock Stephen King Hulu J.J. Abrams

Stephen King, J.J. Abrams Re-Team at Hulu for Castle Rock Series

You may have visited the town of Castle Rock in a Stephen King book or two. Now it’s coming to TV.

J.J. Abrams will executive-produce a new King-inspired original series, Castle Rock, coming soon to Hulu from Abrams’ Bad Robot production company. Abrams announced the series on Friday via a cryptic tweet:

The YouTube link in the tweet led to this (also cryptic) teaser:

In the teaser, famous names and locations from King’s literary works float by, like Danny Torrance (The Shining), Annie Wilkes (Misery) and Shawshank State Prison (The Shawshank Redemption). These names are all connected by red snaking vines, which we see are actually lines on a map of the fictional Maine town of Castle Rock.

King has used Castle Rock as a frequent setting for novels like The Dead Zone and Cujo, and the teaser promises the show comes “from the world of Stephen King.” So will this be an anthology series featuring all of King’s characters in one continuing story? The teaser doesn’t give us much to go on — but if you’re a fan of King’s writing, it’s a good bet you’re excited already.

Castle Rock marks the second recent collaboration for Hulu, Abrams and King: The streaming service was the home of last year’s miniseries 11.22.63, executive-produced by Abrams and based on King’s novel.

Calling all Stephen King fans: Are you excited to spend more time in Castle Rock? (And what the heck is “the Hoax in the Forest”?)

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  1. But why can’t we get a series about Derry too? It’s just as screwed up (probably because of It, but still) because supernatural entities are practically drawn to the town. Derry’s *always* fascinated me.

    • George H. says:

      Derry would be nice. Could do a series of prequels episodes to IT, like an episode about the lumberjacks, or an episode about the fire in the Black Spot, or even the explosion at the Kitchener Ironworks. Would be cool to see those back stories.

    • I think it will incorporate Derry…it shows Penny wise in the promo and IT takes place in Derry..

  2. George H. says:

    Looking forward to Castle Rock. They did an excellent job with 11.22.63, so I wouldn’t doubt Castle Rock will be good too.

  3. James Moore says:

    Why don’t they just say in plain English what this show is about. I am so sick of this.

    • Bark Star says:

      Because then people would realise that its really … nothing. This is what Abrams does. Generate hype by omission and secrecy. Thats the only way he can obscure the fact that he has no talent.

      • Allie says:

        Wow! JJ Abrams is fantastic! He gave us 3 of my favorite shows in Lost, Alias and, best of all, Felicity. I also loved 11.22.63. I am sad you dont see his talent. I also thoroughly enjoyed Mission Impossible 3 and the new Star Wars. That’s more amazing projects that most people could do in their entire lifetime.

  4. dkleener says:

    I’m guessing it’s going to be an anthology series based in the world of Stephen King like Fargo. Each season will be a contained story that will make references to King’s works almost how Agents of Shield makes references to the MCU movies.

  5. Chuck says:

    I would rather see a continuation of 11.22.63, or a prequel. I loved the book and the tv show was pretty good as well. I always felt, however, they messed up the ending though. In the book it mentioned in present day his students didn’t respect him, he was divorced with few friends, he found his love in the past, the students loved him, he just loved the past more, what if he was really from the past and just like he found a door to the past, maybe it all started with his parents who lived in past but they found a door to the future, our present day and lived there? It could have made for a terrific prequel story

  6. Brian says:

    It would be interesting if this was similar to the British show Dickensian which was about a bunch of Dickens characters living in the same world (the main plot was Bleak House’s Inspector Bucket investigating the death of A Christmas Carol’s Jacob Marley).

  7. Bark Star says:

    Great ! The guy who cant write a proper story climax meets the guy who is only good at generating hype. What could possibly go wrong ?

  8. ScooterD35 says:

    Someone tell Dave Nemetz, those aren’t “red snaking vines”…. they’re blood vessels.

  9. Paul Johnson says:

    Prediction right now: this will be terrible. When two of the most original storytellers out there are piggybacking on something else’s success, you know they’ve run out of creative steam. And they’re not just inspired by Stranger Things, it seems like it’s going to be some shared-universe thing of all Stephen King works, which in a limited series will probably make it unfocused and over-the-top.

    And releasing it on Hulu? Really? This means a) significantly less people will see than if it was on Netflix and b) Australians like myself will be unable to see it.

  10. Michelle says:

    Did they show this yet?i don’t have Hulu but Netflix, but I can open an account when this is already showing..tnx!