The biggest news of last week broke late in the day on Friday – Hulu is getting set to join J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot and Stephen King to bring us “Castle Rock,” a new series based upon the infamous town conceived by the King of written horror.
With a new week come more details as Deadline is reporting that Hulu has given a 10-episode order to “Castle Rock,” a psychological-horror drama series from J.J. Abrams and Stephen King. The streaming service also has released more details about the show, whose production is set to begin this year.
The series, which hails from Abrams’ Bad Robot and Warner Bros. TV, where the company is under a deal, is based on the world created by King in his works. It is named after Castle Rock, the fictional town in King’s native Maine that is featured prominently in a number of his novels, novellas, and short stories, including Cujo, The Dark Half, IT, and Needful Things and novellas The Body and Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption.
“Manhattan” creator Sam Shaw and Dustin Thomason developed the project for television, based on characters and situations created by Stephen King and serve as writers. They executive produce with Abrams, Ben Stephenson, and Liz Glotzer.
A teaser for the project, released by Bad Robot on Friday, has garnered more than 1 million views.
“Castle Rock” reunites Hulu, King, Bad Robot, and Warner Bros. Television, which previously collaborated on event series “11.22.63” based on King’s same-named novel. The series will stream exclusively in the U.S. on Hulu, and Warner Bros. Worldwide Television Distribution will distribute globally.
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. “Castle Rock” is an original suspense/thriller — a reimagining that explores the themes and worlds uniting the entire King canon, while brushing up against some of his most iconic and beloved stories.