Hulu has ordered the Castle Rock TV show to series. Deadline reports the season one order is for 10 hourlong episodes. Sam Shaw and Dustin Thomason developed the psychological horror drama series, based on characters and stories created by Stephen King. They will write and will also executive produce with J.J. Abrams, Ben Stephenson, and Liz Glotzer.
Abrams also collaborated with King on the original Hulu series 11.22.63. King fans will recognize the Castle Rock title as a fictional Maine town featured in some of King’s novels, including Cujo and Needful Things. According to the report, production will begin this year. Updated to include Hulu press release.
HULU TEAMS WITH J.J. ABRAMS, STEPHEN KING AND WARNER BROS. TELEVISION FOR NEW HULU ORIGINAL SERIES “CASTLE ROCK,” SET IN THE STEPHEN KING UNIVERSE
PSYCHOLOGICAL-HORROR SERIES FROM EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS/ WRITERS SAM SHAW & DUSTIN THOMASON RECEIVES 10-EPISODE ORDER
Castle RockTeaser Trailer Has Been Viewed More Than One Million Times Since Debut on Friday, Feb. 17.
SANTA MONICA and BURBANK, Calif. (February 21, 2017) – Hulu is taking viewers into the chilling world of acclaimed, best-selling author Stephen King in the new Hulu Original drama series Castle Rock, from J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot Productions, Warner Bros. Television and executive producers/writers Sam Shaw & Dustin Thomason. Hulu has ordered a 10 episode first season of the on-going series, with production set to begin this year. A teaser trailer for Castle Rock has been viewed more than one million times since it was released on Friday, Feb. 17, and can be viewed at https://youtu.be/UGHupqE1LCI.
A psychological-horror series set in the Stephen King multiverse, Castle Rock combines the mythological scale and intimate character storytelling of King’s best-loved works, weaving an epic saga of darkness and light, played out on a few square miles of Maine woodland. The fictional Maine town of Castle Rock has figured prominently in King’s literary career: Cujo, The Dark Half, IT and Needful Things, as well as novella The Body and numerous short stories such as Rita Hayworth and The Shawshank Redemption are either set there or contain references to Castle Rock. Castle Rockis 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.
Castle Rockreunites Hulu, King, Bad Robot and Warner Bros. Television, which previously collaborated on event series 11.22.63, based on King’s novel. The series will stream exclusively in the U.S. on Hulu and Warner Bros. Worldwide Television Distribution will distribute globally.
Castle Rock is based on characters and situations created by Stephen King. Sam Shaw & Dustin Thomason developed the project for television and serve as executive producers along with J.J. Abrams, Ben Stephenson and Liz Glotzer. The series is from Bad Robot Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television.
Sam Shaw and Dustin Thomason recently worked together on the critically acclaimed drama series Manhattan, which ran for two seasons on WGN America. Shaw created the show and served as an executive producer/writer; Thomason also served as an executive producer/writer.
Stephen King is one of the world’s most successful writers, having published more than 50 books in an illustrious career spanning more than 40 years. His works have been adapted for theatrical motion pictures and television more than 50 times. Two feature films based on King’s books are scheduled to be released in 2017, The Dark Towerand IT.
J.J. Abrams co-wrote, produced and directed the blockbuster hit film Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and he is also producing the next chapters of the Mission: Impossibleand Star Trekfilm franchises. Ben Stephenson serves as head of television at Abrams’ Bad Robot Productions. In addition to Castle Rock, Bad Robot produces Warner Bros. Television’s acclaimed hit drama series Westworld (created for television by Jonathan Nolan & Lisa Joy) for HBO as well as 11.22.63 for Hulu and many other series.
Hulu is a premium streaming television destination that offers hundreds of thousands of hours of the best of current season programming, premium original content, films and full seasons of hit series to subscribers with limited commercials for $7.99 per month and commercial free for $11.99 per month. Hulu is the only subscription streaming service that offers current season content from the largest U.S. broadcast networks, as well as acclaimed Hulu Originals including The Mindy Project, The Path, 11.22.63, Difficult People, the Golden Globe(R) nominated comedy series Casual, and the upcoming The Handmaid’s Tale, Future Man and The Looming Tower. Since its launch in 2008, Hulu has been at the forefront of entertainment and technology and continues to redefine TV by connecting viewers with the stories they love.
About Warner Bros. Television
Warner Bros. Television (WBTV) is one of the entertainment industry’s most respected providers of original content, producing award-winning drama and comedy series for broadcast network television, cable and on-demand platforms. As of February 2017, WBTV is producing and distributing more than 30 primetime series, with programs on each of the five broadcast networks, in addition to shows on cable’s HBO, TNT and Showtime, as well as Netflix and Hulu. WBTV’s broadcast network series include 2 Broke Girls, The Big Bang Theory, Mom and Training Day for CBS; Blindspot, Powerless and Trial & Error for NBC; The Middle and Time After Time for ABC; Gotham, Lethal Weapon and Lucifer for FOX; and The 100, Arrow, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, The Flash, Frequency, iZOMBIE, The Originals, Riverdale, Supergirl, Supernatural and The Vampire Diaries for The CW, among others. Its cable series include The Leftovers and Westworld for HBO, Major Crimes for TNT and Shameless for Showtime. For Netflix, WBTV produces Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life and the upcoming Disjointed, and distributes the upcoming Green Eggs and Ham, produced by Warner Bros. Animation. WBTV produces the upcoming Castle Rock and previously produced the event series 11.22.63 for Hulu.
[Press release via The Futon Critic]
What do you think? Are you a fan of J.J. Abrams and/or Stephen King? Do you plan to check out the Castle Rock TV series, when it is released on Hulu?