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'Castle Rock' Is The Latest Stephen King Adaptation To Hit TV Screens And It Looks Incredible

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'Castle Rock' Is The Latest Stephen King Adaptation To Hit TV Screens And It Looks Incredible

In case you've been living under a rock for the last few months, you're probably well aware of the current Stephen King vogue that is sweeping the world. The remake of his classic novel It - the one with the scary clown in the gutter that became a standard option for meme fan everywhere - has become the second highest grossing horror movie of all time and has sparked interest in the legendary author's back catalogue.

In fact, there seems no slowdown in the clamour to adapt King's novels for the screen, with Hulu the latest producers to announce a foray into his back catalogue. They're going to be bringing Castle Rock to fruition with a series slated for release next year - watch the trailer below...

Credit: Hulu / Castle Rock

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But this adaptation will have a twist - Castle Rock is not a Stephen King book, but rather a location in the general King universe. It was the hometown of Andy Dufresne, the protagonist of The Shawshank Redemption and the setting for stories such as The Body (filmed as Stand By Me), The Dead Zone, Cujo and Needful Things. With a jumping-off point that comes from a general atmosphere and location from within the world of Stephen King, it allows the writers to indulge their own take on his work without being tied to any specific plotline or characters.

And with King having also written classics like Carrie, The Green Mile, The Shining, The Children of the Corn, Pet Semetary, Salem's Lot and The Lawnmower Man (we could go on), that's a hell of a lot of plotlines...

Castle Rock
Castle Rock

Credit: Hulu / Castle Rock

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Expect it to look a little like American Horror Story, True Detective and Twin Peaks; a story in which the place and setting are as important as any of the characters, with a rotating cast that come in and out of stories across the seasons. Castle Rock, Maine is based on King's home state in the Northeast of the United States and the trailer shows us all the hallmarks of his previous works: there is a Shawshank Department of Corrections car, an unknown dead body, freaky dogs, classically American wooden homes and plenty of picture-perfect suburban city streets - not to mention creepy imagery aplenty.

It is due to drop early 2018 and will feature Andre Holland of The Knick, American Horror Story, Moonlight and Selma fame. We can't get enough of Stephen King and can only hope this spate of films and TV series is set to continue.

Featured Image Credit: Hulu/Castle Rock

Topics: IT, Stephen King

Claire Reid
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