Stephen King: Castle Rock

Something Wicked Comes To Hulu

BY: Zak Wojnar

Stephen King’s works have been adapted for film and television countless times, from timeless films like Stand By Me, Carrie, and It… And also The Dark Tower, but we prefer not to talk about that one.

One of Hulu’s early hits was 11.22.63, based on the novel by King, and now the network (and mega-producer J.J. Abrams) are returning back with a new series, but with a unique twist. Castle Rock isn’t directly based on any specific Stephen King tale, but rather the fictional town of Castle Rock, a recurring setting in the horror author’s stories.

Cujo and The Dead Zone are arguably the most famous Stephen King stories to be set in Castle Rock, but many more allude to the quiet Maine town, and we’re very much looking forward to the potential ways the TV series can crossover with novels like The Dark Half, Needful Things, The Shawshank Redemption, and even prior Hulu series, 11.22.63. Anything can happen in Castle Rock.

So it’s an original story which borrows from the mythology and events of various King stories while forging its own path. Think something along the lines of Fargo on FX… But scarier.

The all-star cast of the series includes Jane Levy, Scott Glenn, Terry O’Quinn, and Sissy Spacek, who is perhaps best known for her role in one of the most legendary King adaptations of all time, the high school chiller, Carrie. Another notable cast member is Bill Skarsgård, who starred as the horrifying Pennywise the Clown in the latest Stephen King film, It, as well as the upcoming sequel.

Castle Rock has a lot to live up to, but it also has the potential to be a sprawling epic which unifies the disparate stories of King’s canon, while offering greater context to the tales we know and love.

Castle Rock is expected to premiere in Summer 2018.