Hulu brings the fictional site in Stephen King's books to the small screen on an alleged anthology series, with Abrams as executive producer.
Stephen King and J.J. Abrams re-team for a new Hulu series titled "Castle Rock". The "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" director hinted at the project by sharing a cryptic tweet on Bad Robot's Twitter account on Friday, February 17.
The post featured a handwritten note which read, "What is the hoax in the forest?" It also included a YouTube link to a teaser for the project. King also took to the microblogging site to share the teaser. Along with the video link, he wrote, "JJAbrams and I want to invite you to take a trip to Castle Rock. Soon. Be afraid."
JJAbrams and I want to invite you to take a trip to Castle Rock. Soon. Be afraid.https://t.co/n1MJWSpv8Z— Stephen King (@StephenKing) February 18, 2017
The eerie teaser features famous locations and names from King's literary works, including Danny Torrance ("The Shining"), Shawshank State Prison ("The Shawshank Redemption") and Annie Wilkes ("Misery"). While an unidentified conversation is heard throughout the video, the names are floating and connected by red vines which are actually lines on a map of the fictional Maine town of Castle Rock. At the end of the video, a light is shining out of Maine in the map.
Castle Rock is a fictional location in Maine which has been frequently used as a setting in King's novels, notably "The Dead Zone", "Needful Things" and "Cujo". It is also referenced in several of other King stories like "It" and "Pet Sematary". As the teaser promises a series taken from "the world of Stephen King," this project will seemingly be an anthology series featuring King's characters in one continuing series.
Sources tell The Hollywood Reporter that each season of the series will follow "different set of characters and storylines." The story will connect themes and specific characters from the previous seasons. It is also reported that Sam Shaw ("Manhattan") and Dusty Thomason are on board to helm the series.
This will be the second collaboration for Hulu, Abrams and King. Last year, the streaming service aired James Franco-starring miniseries "11.22.63", which was also based on King's novel with Abrams exec-producing.
No release date has been set for "Castle Rock".