Hulu orders 10 episodes of 'Castle Rock,' set in the Stephen King multiverse

By Karen Butler  |  Feb. 23, 2017 at 8:54 AM
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Feb. 23 (UPI) -- New details are being released about the intriguing, Stephen King-J.J. Abrams collaboration Castle Rock.

Production is set to begin this year on the Hulu series from executive producers-writers Sam Shaw and Dustin Thomason. The streaming service has ordered 10 episodes for the show's first season.

King announced the project last week and a teaser trailer for it has been viewed more than 1 million times since it was released Friday. No casting has been announced yet.

"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," explained a press release from Warner Bros. Television. "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 re-imagining that explores the themes and worlds uniting the entire King canon, while brushing up against some of his most iconic and beloved stories."

Hulu, Bad Robot and Warner Bros. Television previously collaborated on the event series 11.22.63, based on King's novel. Shaw and Thomason recently worked together on the period drama Manhattan, which ran for two seasons on WGN America.

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