Hulu is making quite a name for itself in the original content space by successfully leveraging adaptations of classic and popular literature. The Handmaid’s Tale, Harlots, and Chance have all been critically acclaimed and embraced by audiences. But Hulu’s true secret weapon might just be the pairing of horror writer Stephen King and producer J.J. Abrams. Their initial outing, the well-received 11/22/63, a time-travel, sci-fi tale about one man’s mission to prevent the assassination of JFK.
Earlier this year Abrams and King announced their follow-up on Hulu, and it might be the kind of out-of-left-field creation that seriously turns up the heat on fellow streaming services Netflix and Amazon. The new series, Castle Rock, is not based on any single King novel, however. Instead, the show leverages a fictional town in Maine, which has been the setting in no less than 11 of King’s novels (he established the town in his 1979 novel The Dead Zone — a truly terrifying film with current-day relevance, if you haven’t seen it).
Castle Rock is an intriguing new Hulu series based upon elements, events, and characters from King’s multiverse of overlapping stories (including Cujo, The Dark Half, Needful Things, and several of his short stories). Casting for the series includes (so far) Andre Holland (Moonlight), Sissy Spacek (Carrie), Melanie Lynskey (Togetherness), Jane Levy (Suburgatory) and Bill Skarsgard (IT). Now THR is reporting that Scott Glenn (The Defenders, The Leftovers) is also joining the series in a pivotal role.
Glenn will play retired Sheriff Alan Pangborn, the hero of King’s The Dark Half and Needful Things. Pangborn was last played by Ed Harris in Needful Things (1993), but as a much younger character (he was still the active Sheriff in this film). So Glenn’s portrayal will likely convey a much older, world-weary, and experienced Pangborn who’s no stranger to ghosts, maniacs, and demons — important stuff if you want to survive in King-land.
Little is known about the content of Castle Rock, but as you can see from the teaser above, it’s going to touch, allude, reference, or otherwise flat-out depict all kinds of stuff from King’s novels. So, if you’re a Stephen King fan at any level, there’s no telling who might turn up (alive or dead). The series is expected to start shooting this month, so stay tuned to LRM for more details!
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Castle Rock hits Hulu in 2018 (TBD).
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