Stephen King and J.J. Abrams each have an impressive track record, which makes either one of them a worthy shepherd for any ambitious new creative project.
However, when two entertainment creators of their caliber decide to collaborate, the resulting work is bound to gain some attention.
With this in mind, fans of both King and Abrams will be pleased to hear the two men are set to collaborate on a new drama for Hulu. And it’s going to be anthology series called Castle Rock.
The name, according to The Hollywood Reporter, comes from the fictional Maine town featured in King novels like Needful Things, The Dead Zone and Cujo. Each season, the series will introduce a separate set of main characters and storylines drawn directly from the novels set in Castle Rock.
Details regarding the first season’s narrative focus, the initial episode count ordered by Hulu and the show’s premiere date remain – fittingly enough – a mystery.
The pair previously served as executive producers on another Hulu project, 11.22.63 – a limited series based on King’s novel of the same name – which debuted on the streaming service last year.
King has a long history of involvement in television specifically, having produced series like Kingdom Hospital and Under the Dome. He’s had other shows produced over the years as well, like Syfy’s Haven.
Meanwhile, Abrams currently juggles his usual combination of film and television projects as a producer, including the upcoming Star Wars: The Last Jedi and HBO’s Westworld.
Considering just how prolific and iconic so much of King’s bibliography is, the prospect of an anthology series with the freedom to explore many of his classic stories could offer a wellspring of promising content for viewers. Moreover, since some of King’s novels remain either ignored or poorly adapted into film and television projects, Castle Rock could breathe new life into the corners of his resume which have as-yet-untapped potential.
From a business standpoint, Hulu’s decision to explore the anthology horror series terrain which has worked so well for FX’s American Horror Story could be a smart one. King’s name recognition and Abrams’ proven clout likely will only fuel Castle Rock‘s marketing campaign further.
Whether the show actually lives up to its pedigree is another matter, but there’s certainly potential for this to be a breakout hit for Hulu.
Robert Yaniz Jr.
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