Hulu Cancels Stephen King-Based Series “Castle Rock”
It was the dream show for fans of horror novelist Stephen King. A series based on characters and locations from within his writing repertoire. However, after two season, streaming service Hulu have dropped Castle Rock.
The series premiered back in 2018 with a debut season centered on Shawshank State Penitentiary and a mysterious “Kid” played by Pennywise actor Bill Skarsgård. The second series told the origin story of Misery villain Annie Wilkes, played by Lizzy Caplan.
Deadline report that the series will not be renewed for a third series, almost a year after the second series aired. Is this because of poor viewing figures? Maybe because of Covid? Well the answer is slightly more political. Hulu, like other streaming services, continues to focus on owning its original scripted series, especially after it’s biggest developer, and the production company behind Castle Rock, Warner Bros TV has focused its attention to supplying recently launched sibling HBO Max. So whilst there may have been space for a third series of Castle Rock, Hulu is firmly putting its eggs in its own basket, and Warner Brothers are looks for new IPs to launch.
But this is, by no means, the end for King on TV. Castle Rock exec producers J.J. Abrams is teaming back up with Warner Bros TV for a TV series based on King’s The Shining, which is to be a spinoff called Overlook Hotel (American Horror Story eat your heart out….). The new show will be a prime show on HBO Max. Meanwhile, over on CBS All Access, a new version of King’s The Stand is launching December. Let’s also not forget Shudder’s Creepshow series, which just aired a Halloween special with stories written by King and his Son Joe Hill.
Whilst I am sad that a cool King premise show is leaving us, I’m super excited about what the future will hold. How do you feel? Let us know in the comments below or on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram! You can also carry on the convo with me personally on Twitter @Lallen_UK
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