‘Castle Rock’ Combines JJ Abrams’ Mystery Box Template with Stephen King’s Books, Per Creators — Comic-Con 2018

IndieWire | 7/20/2018 | Staff
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What makes a Stephen King story unique to Stephen King?

“He combines horror with humor,” Sissy Spacek said during a Comic-Con panel for her new Hulu show, “Castle Rock.”

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“He’s a writer who returns to the scene of the crime,” offered Sam Shaw, the co-creator. “He’s been raining down [pain] on Castle Rock for decades. You have to wonder who the **** would still live in this town — which was an interesting question for us.”

“Often you’ll start in one genre and you’ll end up in a totally other genre by the end of the book,” fellow co-creator Dustin Thomason said, noting “The Stand” as a prominent example. “We wanted to start in one place and take you to a strange and unexpected place by the end.”

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With all that in mind, “Castle Rock” became an interesting challenge. Based in the “Stephen King multiverse,” per Hulu, the series is set in the author’s oft-utilized town of Castle Rock, Maine, and makes reference to a few known characters and locations from King’s books. Otherwise, it’s a fresh narrative created with new characters in a modern setting.

But it’s also a J.J. Abrams’ production, and the executive producer behind popular series like “Westworld” and “Lost” is known for his mystery box storytelling. Many of his shows are propelled by questions, be it small ones like, “Which one of these people is actually a robot?” or big ones like, “When and where is all this happening?”

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