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JJ Abrams takes Castle Rock to Hulu
  • Lovely surprise and great promo.  Would be awesome if the DT movie took a similar approach with a teaser for the DT.
  • This will be a 10-episode series, with production scheduled to begin this year.

    A psychological-horror series set in the Stephen King multiverse, Castle Rock combines the mythological scale and intimate character storytelling of King’s best-loved works, weaving an epic saga of darkness and light, played out on a few square miles of Maine woodland. The fictional Maine town of Castle Rock has figured prominently in King’s literary career: Cujo, The Dark Half, IT and Needful Things, as well as novella The Body and numerous short stories such as Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemptionare either set there or contain references to Castle Rock. Castle Rock is an original suspense/thriller — a first-of-its-kind reimagining that explores the themes and worlds uniting the entire King canon, while brushing up against some of his most iconic and beloved stories.

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  • Moonlight’s André Holland to Star in Hulu Series Castle Rock

    Moonlight star André Holland has been cast as the lead in Hulu’s upcoming original series “Castle Rock,” Variety has learned. The series is described as a psychological-horror drama set in the Stephen King multiverse, with the fictional town of Castle Rock, Maine, having served as the setting for many of King’s books. Holland will play Henry, a death row attorney with a unique and complicated history in the town.
  • Intriguing casting.
  • There hasn't been a television series produced in Massachusetts since the development of the suspense program "Spenser: For Hire," which ran on ABC from 1985 to 1988.

    It's a factoid shared by Chris Byers, New England Studios' director of marketing and operations, as well as the studio's founder, before he stesses that it won't be quiet on the set much longer.

    The wait for Massachusetts has ended with the production of the 10-episode series "Castle Rock," on the 28-acre plot in Devens that houses New England Studios.

    Described by Hulu as a "psychological-horror series," from well-known executive producer J.J. Abrams and author Stephen King, Byers points out that when New England Studios officially opened in 2013, this is what creators had in mind.

    "This series is really what we were gearing towards," said Byers, a Lowell native. "It was to bring series television to Massachusetts -- to bring it back. This coming here is what New England Studios was geared to do."

    The notoriety of the high-profile series and the presence of the film industry in the state also offers a forum for marketing, as well as job-creation throughout the area.
  • DEVENS -- Stephen King's world is about to take over.

    No, residents shouldn't fret about a rabid dog named Cujo running around, nor will people get possessed by supernatural forces.

    New England Studios will only have the look of King's fictional town -- Castle Rock, Maine -- the setting of many of his horror stories.

    Production crews have already moved in to produce a 10-episode Hulu series this summer called "Castle Rock." It will be a high-profile "psychological-horror series" from well-known executive producer J.J. Abrams and King, according to Hulu.

    The production crews are starting to build sets on site. Filming is expected to begin in August and run until January.

    Some of the filming will also take place in Orange -- a small town 45 minutes west of Leominster.
    "It's a really exciting and prestigious project," said David Hartman, director of the Massachusetts Production Coalition. "Landing a TV series for the state is a major win, and an indication of how far the industry has come here."

    Numerous movies have been produced in the Bay State in the last decade -- "The Town," "Black Mass," "Manchester By The Sea," "American Hustle" and more -- but TV series have stayed away.

    Hartman estimated that it's been more than 25 years since a scripted TV series was produced in Massachusetts.

    "It's been quite a while," he said. "But now we have the right infrastructure, crew and talent base, and a stable incentive program to land this big one.

    "Once we have one series, it encourages others to look at bringing a series here," he added.

    Unlike a movie that will film for only two or three months in an area, officials hope the series will come back to the region for future seasons.

    "A good series can keep us busy for quite a while," Hartman said.

    "More workers will be here for longer," he added. "It helps increase spending, and supporting local businesses."

    Some of the jobs these series bring to the area include electricians, carpenters and accountants. Hotels typically fill up with the talent and production crews.

    The series will be based on the characters and stories created by King.

    "A psychological-horror series set in the Stephen King multiverse, 'Castle Rock' combines the mythological scale and intimate character storytelling of King's best-loved works, weaving an epic saga of darkness and light, played out on a few square miles of Maine woodland," reads a description from Hulu.

    " 'Castle Rock' is an original suspense/thriller -- a first-of-its-kind reimagining that explores the themes and worlds uniting the entire King canon, while brushing up against some of his most iconic and beloved stories," Hulu adds.

    Sets are getting built in Devens as the Legislature takes a look at the decade-old film tax credit. Last month, the state Senate adopted a proposal to impose more stringent requirements for studios to qualify. The amendment would save the state about $15 million annually from the $80 million it now extends in credits.

    The Senate incorporated the proposal into its budget bill, which will be reconciled with the House budget in a conference committee before being sent to the governor's desk. Gov. Charlie Baker in his first budget proposed phasing out the film tax credit.

    Hartman said he hopes the tax credit does not get altered. It's been a "crucial" piece in landing films over the last decade, he said.

    "We've been working very hard to advocate for our industry, and make sure there are no changes to impact production," Hartman said.

    Film companies can become eligible for the tax credit now if half their production expenditures are made in Massachusetts or if half of their principal photography days are spent in the state, under the law. The proposal would require those companies to either spend 75 percent or shoot 75 percent in Massachusetts to qualify.

    New England Studios in Devens was established in 2013. The studio has served as the location for special effects done in "Central Intelligence" starring Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and Kevin Hart, as well as a small romantic comedy "Tumbledown," in which Jason Sudeikis and Rebecca Hall shot a scene in a Shirley diner.
  • The population of Hulu‘s Castle Rock has grown by two as the streaming service announced that Jane Levy (Suburgatory) and Sissy Spacek (Bloodline) have been signed to star opposite André Holland (Moonlight) 
  • Melanie Lynskey has been tapped as the female lead opposite André Holland

    Lynskey will play Molly Strand, a woman with a rare medical condition who’s barely scraping by as a real estate agent in a town where every third property is the site of someone’s worst nightmare. Holland plays Henry, a death row attorney with a unique and complicated history in Castle Rock. In addition to Holland, Lynskey joins previously cast Sissy Spacek and Jane Levy.
  • Spacek, who recently wrapped Netflix's Bloodline, will star as Ruth Deaver, the estranged adoptive mother of Henry (Holland) and a retired professor whose fading memories may hold a key to Castle Rock's unsettling past.
    Meanwhile, Suburgatory grad Levy will play Jackie, the death-obsessed and self-appointed historian of Castle Rock.
  • Bill Skarsgård will play a young man with an unusual legal problem. [Variety]

    An open casting call for extra work on the upcoming series “Castle Rock,” the television series based on Stephen King’s work, is scheduled for next week.

    According to a press release from Slate Casting, which is running the casting call, it will take place from 3 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, July 18, at Orange Town Hall Auditorium, 6 Prospect St. The doors will close at 7.

    “We are so excited to meet the residents of Orange and the surrounding communities at the open casting call,” said Slate Casting Director Ashley Skomurski. “We encourage anyone interested in doing extra work on the project to come see us on July 18. No need to bring anything special with you. Just be prepared to have fun!” [Greenfield Recorder]
  • Prolific TV episodic director Michael Uppendahl (American Horror Story, Mad Men) has landed his first pilot gig. Uppendahl has been tapped to helm the first episode of Hulu’s upcoming psychological-horror straight-to-series drama Castle Rock, from J.J. Abrams and Stephen King. Uppendahl also will be a co-executive producer on the series, which hails from Abrams’ Bad Robot and Warner Bros. TV, serving as the show’s producing director. Helming a pilot or a first episode is the top directing assignment in television because it sets the visual style and tone of a series.

    Uppendahl has gained notoriety for his direction on multiple high-profile dramas. He's directed 11 episodes of Mad Men, nine of American Horror Story, six of Ray Donovan, five of Fargo, and three of Legion. [Deadline]
  • The Hulu anthology series has added The Leftovers and The Defenders actor Scott Glenn as a series regular. He'll play Alan Pangborn, a retired sheriff who presided over some of the darkest years in Castle Rock's checkered history — a Kingian icon at the center of Needful Things and The Dark Half.
  • Excellent!
  • Terry O’Quinn has to go back… to working with J.J. Abrams. The Lost alum is reuniting with Abrams via a starring role in Hulu’s upcoming psychological-horror drama series Castle Rock. O’Quinn will play Dale Lacy, a pillar of the Castle Rock community. 
  • Sam Shaw and Dustin Thomason, executive producers and co-creators of Castle Rock, discuss the series without violating (as much as possible) the Bad Robot code of silence 

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