Hulu gives JJ Abrams' mysterious Castle Rock a 10-episode order

King, Abrams and Warner Bros. previously teamed on Hulu's 11.22.63. "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".

The post accompanied a 70-second video clip that showed a dark screen, crisscrossed with red threads and featuring the voices of numerous characters from movies and TV projects based on King's novels.

King created the fictional small town of Castle Rock, Maine for his 1979 novel "The Dead Zone", naming it after the mountain fort featured by Nobel prize victor William Golding in "The Lord of the Flies".

Now the online streaming platform has confirmed that it has ordered 10 episodes of the first season of Castle Rock and production is set to begin sometime this year. The Hulu project finds Stephen King and J.J. Abrams coming together for something intriguing. Worldwide Television Distribution will distribute globally.

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But flashed character names ("Danny Torrance!"), locations ("Shawshank State Prison!") and lines ("REDRUM!") from King horror classics set the spine-chilling tone. Shaw created the show and served as an executive producer/writer; Thomason also served as an executive producer/writer. His works have been adapted for theatrical motion pictures and television more than 50 times. That includes all of Stephen King's short stories, novellas, novels and epic novels (The Dark Tower, The Stand, etc.).

The announcement came today via the Twitter account of Abrams' Bad Robot Productions, with a mysterious, handwritten card from the filmmaker asking, "What is the hoax in the forest?"

This will be a second collaboration between Abrams and King for Hulu.

  • Regina Walsh