The Stephen Kingaissance will continue: Hulu has renewed the King-inspired anthology series "Castle Rock" for another season.
According to the streaming outlet, "Castle Rock" is a hit with viewers, boasting some of the best numbers for a Hulu original series after its debut on July 25. Its renewal comes midway through its 10-episode first season.
"Castle Rock" is set in the titular fictional Maine town, which is the location of several classic Stephen King tales. The series brings together multiple characters from the author's works, and stars many actors who've already appeared in adaptations of King's work, including Bill Skarsgard (who plays Pennywise in "It") and Sissy Spacek (the original "Carrie").
In an interview with Variety, Craig Erwich, senior vice president and head of content for Hulu, praised the show's unique premise and its impressive creative team. King is a producer, as is J.J. Abrams's Bad Robot; they previously partnered on Hulu's adaptation of King novel "11.22.63."
"It was a deeply original idea from two of the world’s greatest storytellers, and it was centered around something that’s been beloved and familiar to many of Stephen King’s legion of fans, which is the town of Castle Rock. So expectations were high to begin with, but it exceeded them,” Erwich told Variety. “The reaction from the variety of audiences has been overwhelming and it seems to be one of the most talked about shows of the summer.”
Given the show's anthology nature, it's rumored that "Castle Rock" will feature an entirely new cast in season two, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The trade notes, however, that no announcement about casting has been made yet, so some season one holdovers could theoretically return.
Surprise is the name of the game, as co-showrunner Dustin Thomason explained in an interview with THR earlier this summer.
"Each season is going to be its own self-contained story: beginning, middle and end," Thomason told THR. "But I think that just as the books do, we want to surprise viewers with the ways in which the stories intersect. Just as the places the characters pop up in very unexpected ways throughout the books, that's the kind of anthology that we would like to tell. One of the things about the King universe or multiverse is that some very strange things can happen when it comes to the ways that the stories unfold, and hopefully there'll be surprises along the way in terms of how the anthology works in that way."
We can't wait.
No word yet on when season two of "Castle Rock" will debut. Season one is currently airing on Hulu now.