Having had good success together on the miniseries 11/22/63, Stephen King and Executive Producer J.J. Abrams join up again, this time on an original series named ‘Castle Rock’.
‘Castle Rock’ will be an ongoing episodic drama – 10 episodes in the initial season - set in the fictional Maine town of Castle Rock, a town which is featured or mentioned in many of King’s best-loved stories and novels, including THE BODY (STAND BY ME), CUJO, THE DEAD ZONE, IT, NEEDFUL THINGS, and many others. The show will serve to capture and explore the various themes and obsessions that populate the King canon while brushing up against some of his most iconic and beloved characters and locales. WBTV describes it as an epic saga of darkness and light, played out on a few square miles of Maine woodland.
Writers are Sam Shaw and Dustin Thompson (Manhattan). As with 11/22/63, Bad Robot Productions (Abrams’s production company) is teaming with Warner Brothers to bring the series to life.
Casting has yet to be announced. Filming is set to start in June 2017, with a release date sometime in 2018, though that has yet to be firmly set.
Here’s a link to the teaser trailer that accompanied today’s announcement.