How Involved Stephen King Is In Hulu's Castle Rock

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As 2017 comes to a close, it's nearly impossible to dispute any author had a better year than Stephen King. Adaptations of his work appeared on both the big screen and small screen en masse, and while not everything was a hit, there were quite a few successes worth mentioning. The success doesn't seem to end there, as King has another anticipated adaptation on the way in 2018 in the form of Hulu's Castle Rock. But as for his thoughts regarding the upcoming limited series, King can't say too much, due to his lack of involvement:

I'm as much in the dark as anybody else. I don't know anything about it so I just hope it turns out really well. It must be going okay. It's typical J.J. [Abrams]. There's been nothing that I've seen in the press, or anything, about it.

While it is set for a 2018 release, Castle Rock has not made a lot of headlines beyond its trailer and the fact it has snatched up quite a few stars that have been featured in past Stephen King adaptations. While it may be concerning to some that King told EW he's "in the dark," in terms of what's happening with the series, others may be more comforted by the fact that the series is merely a new tale spun around the town frequently mentioned in his books. Considering it's not an outright adaptation of one of his past works, it seems normal that King isn't in on the ground floor on the concept and keeping up with its day to day development.

Of course, that doesn't mean Castle Rock is exempt from the opinion of Stephen King, considering its world is constructed almost entirely of his past works. King is sure to have some extra invested interest in how the series turns out, considering one of his recent hit novellas Gwendy's Button Box returns back to the fictional town surrounding so many unfortunate things in his universe. King must have good faith in J.J. Abrams that he'll handle his characters with care in Castle Rock, which undoubtedly comes from the fact that the author was such a big fan of the two's first collaboration with Hulu 11.22.63.

Castle Rock is expected to land on Hulu sometime in 2018. For a look at some shows that will be coming to television in the first few months of 2018, head on over to our midseason premiere guide. For a look at which shows still have yet to air in what's left of 2017, visit our fall premiere guide. Those wishing to see a list of the year's canceled television shows are in luck because we have the low down on the year's major cancellations at our cancellation guide.

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