No one does cryptic and mysterious better than J. J. Abrams, and his most recent project has proved no exception. It’s been only a few days since the trailer dropped for Castle Rock, a new project marking a second collaboration between J. J. Abrams and Stephen King. Their first collaboration was as producers for the miniseries 11.22.63 based on one of King’s novels which debuted on Hulu last year, to mixed reviews. It seems they’ve moved past that and decided to continue their partnership with Hulu, as Castle Rock will air on the same streaming site.
Details of the project are being kept under wraps. However, that hasn’t stopped the internet from speculating, which is undoubtedly the point. Why else would they release a teaser trailer? To raise hype. What is known about the show is that Castle Rock is an anthology show, meaning each season will have a new cast and storyline, and will take place in the fictional town of Castle Rock which appears in many of King’s novels and short stories including The Dead Zone, Cujo, and The Body. Anthology series seem to be gaining popularity again, and that makes sense, due to the success of the hit series Black Mirror.
Neither King nor J.J. Abrams is new to television, King having produced several shows based on his works including Haven, Under the Dome, and The Stand. J.J. Abrams is perhaps the best known producer in television, having been the mind behind hit shows like Lost, Fringe, and now Westworld. Many adaptations of King’s works have been subpar or straight to TV releases. However, this new show offers a fresh hope for fans and King himself. Maybe this will be the adaptation that King deserves.