‘Castle Rock’ Bosses on the Importance of Stephen King’s ‘Blessing’ and ‘Great License’

Variety | 6/8/2018 | Danielle Turchiano
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“Castle Rock” could not have come together without a blessing from Stephen King, the Hulu anthology drama executive producers said at the ATX Television Festival Friday.

“Stephen was sort of, for us, Charlie in ‘Charlie’s Angels.’ He was sort of the crucial figure who loomed from afar,” Sam Shaw said. “Castle Rock is an important town in the Stephen King library, so it was crucial — we needed and wanted to have his blessing.”

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A decade ago Shaw and Dustin Thomason kicked around the idea of a show set in a “kind of generic, off-brand Castle Rock,” Shaw continued. Both men are “reformed fiction writers and were fans of Stephen King and fans of the geography in Stephen King’s” universe. They wanted to explore the kinds of people who would stay in a town after experiencing demonic dogs and serial murderers, but they never thought they’d get the rights to his works.

About a year and a half ago, though, Shaw said, they sat down with Bad Robot which changed everything.

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“It was our understanding that we were not the first people to knock on his door and ask for a cup of sugar and to set a show in the town of Castle Rock,” Shaw said. But having Bad Robot’s J.J. Abrams and Warner Bros. proper behind them made it a go.

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“He was flexible and gave us great license,” Shaw said of King.

What then became important was focusing on the story itself.

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“There was a really interesting way to approach the material, which is to say, ‘What is a town like Castle Rock now?’ Thomason said. Noting that returning to the place that haunted their childhood dreams, the producers wanted to touch on what it looked like in a modern era.

Shaw added that having...
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