TV anthologies have seen a serious resurgence in recent years, from FX’s American Horror Story and Fargo to HBO’s True Detective. Now Hulu wants a piece of the action, and they’re bringing their A game with one of the biggest names in pop culture: Stephen King.
King is teaming with The Force Awakens‘ J.J. Abrams to produce Castle Rock, a new anthology TV series that will incorporate characters and storylines from King’s long career of horror fiction — specifically the stories set in or near the titular fictional town of Castle Rock. Hulu has just announced the series with a teaser you can see below. It will also involve the talents of Manhattan creator Sam Shaw and Dusty Thomason.
Castle Rock, for the non-King fans out there, first appeared in the author’s 1979 novel The Dead Zone. It has since appeared or been referenced in tons of King’s works, including Needful Things, The Dark Half, and Cujo, to name a few. King has spent decades building an expansive catalog of fiction, much of it either directly connected or filled with easter eggs referencing his other stories. The King canon has a hit-or-miss track record when it comes to screen adaptations, but it’s definitely filled with potential for an anthology series to mine.
According to The Hollywood Reporter:
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 characters and storylines while interjecting themes and specific characters from previous seasons.
The Castle Rock teaser specifically name-checks characters from some of King’s best-loved works, including Misery, It, and The Shawshank Redemption, so presumably they’re among the works that will be drawn upon. That second one is particularly interesting, given that there’s a high-profile It feature film due out in theaters later this year.
This is the second high-profile anthology series announcement in the streaming world this past week. Earlier we reported on Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams, a new sci-fi anthology project at Amazon, which is being executive produced by Sneaky Pete‘s Bryan Cranston. It’s a good time to be pitching anthologies, apparently — Rod Serling would be proud.
As for Hulu, this isn’t their first tango with King’s material. They previously produced the time-travel miniseries 11.22.63, starring James Franco and based on King’s novel.
There’s no release date for Castle Rock yet, but Streaming Observer will keep you updated with all the latest as it breaks.