Inspired by the Demogorgon sized success of Stranger Things, TV streaming service HULU are providing the platform for Stephen King’s anthology series, Castle Rock. As if that wasn’t exciting enough, Spielberg clone and all-round super-geek, J.J. Abrams is on-board as an Executive Producer.
The two have collaborated before, with the semi-successful adaptation of King’s time-travelling J.F.K. assassination thriller 11.22.63, which was also broadcast on HULU. As with FOX’s distribution of that show, a UK TV network will hopefully pick up the rights to Castle Rock soon.
What we know about it is very little, although this should come as no surprise when a project is being shepherded by the man behind LOST. The announcement was accompanied by the teaser trailer, which features a series of Superman style swooshing titles, all of them iconic names from the author’s back catalogue; Pennywise (from IT), Shawshank State Prison (from, erm, The Shawshank Redemption), Annie Wilkes (from Misery), Needful Things.
There’s also the recognisable font, which Stranger Things riffed on in the first place, and Castle Rock prominently uses in order to take back ownership/jump on the bandwagon. It’s a neat little game of one-upmanship.
Stephen King is no stranger to the cross pollination of his titles, with the The Dark Tower series featuring characters from all of his work. Anyone familiar with even a handful of his novels will prick up their Silver Bullet style ears with the mention of Castle Rock. It’s a locale that is part of the fictional area of Maine, in which a lot of his stories take place.
The fact that it’s being referred to as an anthology also hints at a Twilight Zone style approach, in which standalone tales are told each week. However, we’d be very surprised if there wasn’t a narrative thread to link these stories.
We’ll get to open this latest mystery box sometime in the near future.
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