Stephen King and J.J. Abrams announce surprise new Hulu series Castle Rock

Contributed by
Feb 17, 2017

It's Friday night. It's quiet. You're sitting alone in your living room. Then, suddenly, Stephen King makes you leap from your seat.

That just happened to me, and for once it's not because of King's novels, but because of a tweet. The horror legend just dropped this out of nowhere, from his Twitter account:

" title="<--social-media-->" class="pub_blog_post-social drupal-content" data-social-option="tw" data-social-value="https://twitter.com/StephenKing/status/832754473944485888">

The link in the tweet leads you to this video, featuring the voices of King's characters and numerous references to places and people from his own fictional version of Maine.

That's all we have. No release date, no cast, nothing else. But after collaborating on the adaptation of 11/22/63, King and Abrams have reunited for yet another Hulu project.

What's particularly interesting about the teaser is the number of references to stories that take place outside of Castle Rock, perhaps King's most famous fictional town. Needful Things is among the stories that take place there, but Pennywise the clown is from the fictional town of Derry, and while the teaser does culminate in a map of Maine, Annie Wilkes and Danny Torrance -- from Misery and The Shining, respectively -- populate stories that take place in Colorado. Does this mean Castle Rock will somehow connect these stories, or is it simply an illustration of how vast King's creativity really is?

UPDATE: The Hollywood Reporter has revealed that Castle Rock is an anthology series and describes the structure like this:

"The anthology will weave together characters and themes from those novels that use the Castle Rock location. Each season will follow a different set of character and storylines while interjecting themes and specific characters from previous seasons."

Castle Rock arrives "soon," and I can't wait to find out more.