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King’s world will come alive in ‘Castle Rock’

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Stephen King.

Shane Leonard

Stephen King.

Two gods of entertainment are teaming up for a new TV series.

Stephen King and J.J. Abrams have announced that they are going to produce a 10-episode drama called “Castle Rock,” and it will air on Hulu, the streaming home of their previous collaboration, “11.22.63.”


The anthology show is named after the fictional Maine town in a number of King’s novels and stories, and it will weave together characters from those stories and, perhaps, other King stories — that’s still unclear. Each season will track a different group of characters, assuming the psychological horror show draws enough viewers to get renewed.

Castle Rock — not to be confused with Casterly Rock in “Game of Thrones” — is also the name of an entertainment production company, which co-founder Rob Reiner named in honor of King’s town after he had such great success adapting King’s story “The Body” into the movie “Stand By Me.” King originally named his town Castle Rock after the location in William Golding’s novel “Lord of the Flies.”

Hulu is calling the show, which has not yet been cast, “a first-of-its-kind reimagining,” although it all sounds like “Once Upon a Time” to me.

For King fans, it will be a kind of worlds-collide extravaganza, as different segments of King’s universe interact. I’m betting there will be in-jokes all over the place.

Sam Shaw and Dustin Thomason of the series “Manhattan” are developing the project.

Matthew Gilbert can be reached at Follow him on Twitter @MatthewGilbert.

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