With big screen versions of The Dark Tower, It and Gerald’s Game coming in 2017, it was already shaping up to be a great year for Stephen King fans. Now this month there is another, potentially even bigger announcement to get excited about: a TV series that brings together much of Stephen King’s work into one connected universe. Throughout his career a large number of his stories have been set in the fictional town of Castle Rock, Maine, and now that will serve as the basis for a Hulu original series to be produced by J.J. Abrams. Here’s an overview of how the project is being described:
“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. The fictional Maine town of Castle Rock has figured prominently in King’s literary career: “Cujo,” “The Dark Half,” “IT” and “Needful Things,” as well as novella “The Body” and numerous short stories such as “Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption” are either set there or contain references to Castle Rock. Castle Rock is an original suspense/thriller — a first-of-its-kind reimagining that explores the themes and worlds uniting the entire King canon, while brushing up against some of his most iconic and beloved stories.”
Clearly this is a continuation of the collaboration that started with the Hulu series 11.22.63, based on King’s 2011 novel of the same name, and it’s hard not to think that it may have been inspired by the success of Stranger Things as well. What remains unclear is whether it will include any straight up adaptations of well-known King stories or if they will be merely referenced in passing. The show is expected to start production this year although it probably will not arrive until next year. Are you looking forward to Castle Rock?