Stephen King’s Castle Rock is yet another property under his umbrella which is being adapted for the small screen. Hulu announced in February 2017 that they had acquired the rights. And today they’ve finally delivered a trailer and a release date for the upcoming series.
The show is being produced by J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot and Warner Bros. Television. The project was created by Sam Shaw, with he and his partner Dusty Thompson handling the scripting for the series. The story is said to “combine 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.”
Castle Rock isn’t a novel of King’s, per se. Instead, it’s a locale that is featured quite frequently as a through line for all off King’s stories. Located in Maine as many of his stories are, Castle Rock plays host to 12 of King’s stories. Most prominent amongst them are The Dead Zone, Cujo, The Dark Half and Needful Things.
But Castle Rock is also referred to by King in 24 of his other published works. Some bigger names come into play here, including Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption, Pet Semetary, It, The Stand, and 11/22/63.
The cast of the upcoming show reflects a pretty impressive lineup too. Terry O’Quinn’s Dale Lacy narrates today’s trailer. And Sissy Spacek’s Ruth Deaver is featured prominently throughout. André Holland’s Henry Deaver looks as though he may be one of the series’ leads. And the same can be said for Melanie Lynskey’s Molly Strand. Scott Glenn is in the series too although not seen in today’s trailer.
Bill Skarsgård is confirmed to be playing “a young man with an usual legal problem.” But with Castle Rock’s history in so many iconic King properties, one has to wonder if we have any shot of Skarsgård reprising his role in cameo form as Pennywise the Dancing Clown? Doubtful, but a man can hope.
It’s unclear what exactly is going on in this town. But it certainly isn’t good. And I’m excited to find out why. Castle Rock premieres on Hulu July 25th.