The series is inspired by the stories created by Stephen King and his fictional town of Castle Rock, Maine.
Castle Rock is a psychological horror television series that is inspired by the stories created by Stephen King and his fictional town of Castle Rock, Maine. It is not based on any particular stories written by King but shares characteristics with the characters, settings, and themes of the prolific horror writer. The town of Castle Rock is featured in works of his like Cujo, The Dead Zone, and Needful Things among others.
The series first premiered in 2018 and was created by Dustin Thomason and Sam Shaw to tell a variety of stories in an anthology format. They tried to evoke the elements of King's work in the series by telling different stories that develop with surprising twists and turns, across multiple genres.
The series was well-received by the viewers and critics alike. The second season of the show premiered in 2019. And here's what you need to know about the future of the show:
The first season of the show premiered in July 2018 and largely took inspiration from the King's Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption, a novella from his 1982 collection Different Seasons, and other works as well. The first season cast included Andre Holland, Sissy Spacek, Bill Skarsgard, Melanie Lynskey, Scott Glenn, Jane Levy, and Terry O’Quinn.
The second season, which wrapped in October 2019, was inspired by King's famous novel Misery and starred Lizzy Caplan as a young Annie Wilkes, the psychopath along with Tim Robbins, Yusra Warsama, Barkhad Abdi, and Matthew Alan. The season concluded in December of 2019.
Hulu canceled the show after two seasons, making the announcement in 2020. Deadline also confirmed that there were no plans for Castle Rock to move to HBO Max either.
The decision to end the series after two seasons was made a while before it was announced at the end of 2020, in November. There were no expectations for a third installment by then. Warner Bros TV focused on supplying content to its then recently-launched sibling HBO Max leaving nothing out for Hulu after it branched out into premium original content.
"The plan was always to have an interconnected set of stories," Shaw had stated in 2019 to Collider, "and, while every season would be its own launching point, there would be this fabric of Stephen's multiverse, if you will, that always bubbled beneath it, and unity to the stories that existed. And so, I think fans of season 1 will find things in season 2, that maybe they're not expecting, along the way. And when we get to season 3, I hope that there will a continuation of what we’ve done in this season and an expansion, and the audience will start to feel that there was a plan from the beginning." But the plans did not come to fruition after the show was canceled.
But for fans of King's work, the cancellation was followed by the good news of other adaptations of his work including the mini limited series based on The Stand and The Outsider.