Stephen King and J.J. Abrams Team Up for New Horror Series, ‘Castle Rock,’ for Hulu

Stephen King is at it again.

The exhaustively prolific horror novelist dropped a teaser trailer on Friday warning his fans and followers that he’s been busy creating another story of terror along with executive producer, J.J. Abrams.

“JJAbrams and I want to invite you to take a trip to Castle Rock. Soon. Be afraid.”

A bit vague and nonspecific, but hey, what is horror other than the skillful manipulation of anticipation and dread of something dire happening?

J.J. Abrams was also a bit vague and nonspecific when his Bad Robot company dropped this note on Twitter.

“What is the hoax in the forest?”

The name of the future series is “Castle Rock,” a sure sign that this will be classic, New England style horror from King. Castle Rock is the name of the fictional town that features large in the legend of King’s horror fiction. Castle Rock is the place setting from a number of King’s works, including his literary non-horror novella The Body (adapted to the screen as Stand By Me,) and my personal favorite King horror novel, Needful Things.

Some entertainment aficionados are saying that this is Stephen King taking a swipe at Netflix series, Stranger Things, a huge success that also features a cast of adolescents coming to grips with a wider and much scarier world than their childhoods implied. But bets are that King doesn’t really need to prove himself at this point, after selling over 350 million copies of his works and winning some of the most prestigious awards in literature.

The Verge reports that Stranger Things “borrowed” its signature logo font from King’s own books, but hey, who wants to argue with proven success?

Hollywood Reporter describes the new Castle Rock limited series as an anthology that weaves the characters and themes of the novels set in the fictional New England town, and follows different storylines throughout the season.

King and Abrams collaborated on an earlier series for Hulu called 11.22.63, in which a high school teacher travels back in time to prevent the assassination of John F. Kennedy.

J.J. Abrams is best known for over-the-top movie spectaculurs, but has also had resounding success in televisions with Westworld, a TV reboot of the ’70s science fiction movie, and LOST, a TV series that left viewers dangling in suspense for six season.

Here’s a better view of Stephen King’s teaser trailer.


 

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