The 'Castle Rock' Teaser Is Stephen King's Version Of 'Stranger Things'

A year after 11.22.63.'s conclusion, Stephen King, J.J. Abrams and the streaming platform Hulu will unite once again for another short series: Castle Rock.

The author's fans will no doubt recognise the fictional Maine town that features across different stories (Dead Zone, The Mist, The Dark Half...). As you've probably guessed it by now, Castle Rock will be an anthology series inspired by King's stories.


According to Hollywood Reporter, the series will deal with stories set in Castle Rock. Each season will focus on different characters while the stories and mysteries will come together as part of one big narrative. J.J. Abrams will serve as executive producer on the project and after the success of Super 8, Fringe and 11.22.63., it's safe to say the Star Wars VII director should do alright with a fantasy series set in the 1980s.

Stranger Things is that you?

There's not much info about the series except that it's expected to drop on Hulu at the end of 2017. The teaser rightfully introduces the tone of the series, shows the casting, and gives a sense of what's to come.

Most of the titles shown are references to Stephen King's most iconic stories: It! ("Pennywise"), Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption ("Shawshank State Prison"), Misery ("Annie Wilkes"), Shining and even Salem.


Even though's J.J. Abrams' production company Bad Robot Twitter post might make us think of M. Night Shyamalan's The Village at first, Stranger Things fans will more likely see it as a response to Netflix's summer hit show. The teaser's red title are very reminiscent of the Upside Down.

Stranger Things keeps referencing the fantasy genre, especially Stephen King stories. The author also admitted being a big fan of the Duffer Brothers' series. This year is going to be a busy time for the author who's currently adapting The Dark Tower to the big and small screen. An It! remake is also set for autumn 2017.

Now we'll see if J.J. Abrams, Stephen King and Hulu decide to air Castle Rock in October 2017 as they originally planned. It would mean coming face to face with Stranger Things' second season, which is expected for Halloween.


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By Adrien Delage, published on 20/02/2017