According to The Hollywood Reporter, Hulu says that Castle Rock is the streaming service’s most “most successful first-season original launch.” When exactly the show will return is yet to be announced.
Dustin Thomason, the show’s executive producer and writer, confirmed to THR that the show is, indeed, an anthology, which means that when the show does come back, it will do so with a new cast and storyline. He adds that it’ll take place in the same universe, true to the show’s impressionist feel:
“In terms of the anthology, each season is going to be its own self-contained story: beginning, middle and end. 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.”
Last October at New York Comic Con, the crew said that season 1 was designed to be a self-contained story, and any second season would “contain a completely new story and cast.”
The show is a bit of a mixtape of Stephen King tropes: the first season follows a nameless man (Bill Skarsgård), who mysteriously appears one day in an abandoned wing of Shawshank Prison, and the lawyer (André Holland) who returns home to try and unravel exactly what makes the town such a magnet for supernatural tragedy. Not only does it feature actors from previous King adaptations, like Skarsgård (Pennywise in the new Itmovies) and Sissy Spacek (Carrie in Carrie), it’s also brimming with Easter eggs for fans of his other books and films.
King’s works are already set in a sprawling, connected universe (the town of Castle Rock is one of its focal points), so bringing familiar characters into the municipality for a new supernatural adventure is in keeping with both King’s written oeuvre and the show’s eclectic spin on it.