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Hulu teams with J.J. Abrams, Stephen King & Warner Bros. Television for new Hulu original series 'Castle Rock'


Tue, Feb 21st 2017 04:40 pm

Set in Stephen King universe; psychological-horror series from executive producers/writers Sam Shaw & Dustin Thomason

'Castle Rock' teaser trailer has been viewed more than 1 million times since debut on Friday

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 and Dustin Thomason. Hulu has ordered a 10-episode first season of the ongoing series, with production set to begin this year.

A teaser trailer for "Castle Rock" has been viewed more than 1 million times since it was released on Friday, Feb. 17, and can be viewed below:



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 Rock" is 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 Rock" reunites Hulu, King, Bad Robot and Warner Bros. Television, which previously collaborated on event series "11.22.63," based on King's novel. This series will stream exclusively in the U.S. on Hulu. Warner Bros. Worldwide Television Distribution will distribute globally.

"Castle Rock" is based on characters and situations created by King. Shaw and Thomason developed the project for television and serve as executive producers along with Abrams, Ben Stephenson and Liz Glotzer. The series is from Bad Robot Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television.

Shaw and 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.

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 Tower" and "IT."

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: Impossible" and "Star Trek" film franchises. 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 and Lisa Joy) for HBO as well as "11.22.63" for Hulu.

Hulu is a premium streaming television destination that offers hundreds of thousands of hours of current season programming, premium original content, films and full seasons of hit series to subscribers with limited commercials for $7.99 per month or commercial free for $11.99 per month.


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