Moonlight Star Joining Stephen King Adaptation
Following in the footsteps of last year’s 11.22.63, Hulu is developing another series in cooperation with Stephen King and J.J. Abrams/Bad Robot. Now they have announced that they have the star of the series, André Holland, from the Oscar-winning film Moonlight.
Holland will play Henry, a death row attorney in the town that serves as the setting in many of King’s novels and novellas that have been turned into films, including Cujo, Needful Things, The Body (the short story that served as the basis for the film Stand By Me), the short story that was adapted into The Shawshank Redemption, as well as many others. According to BBCAmerica.com, it’s expected to be an anthology series like American Horror Story, which Holland was also a part of, with each season focusing on another character in the King universe, but with stock actors that carry over from season to season.
Stephen King will be the master of all screens over the next few years with at least eleven projects in some stage of development (not including a multitude of shorts) including:
- Drunken Fireworks starring James Franco,
- the Dark Tower film that, according to TVGuide.com, could also be spun off into a television series, both starring Idris Elba,
- Mr. Mercedes, which is expected to premiere August 9,
- a mini-series based on The Talisman,
- another adaptation of The Stand,
- The Mist TV series,
- a film based on Gerald’s Game,
- and still another notch in the scary-clown belt with the film It
The main writers for Castle Rock are Sam Shaw (writer/creator of the series Manhattan) and Dustin Thomason (also from Manhattan as well as the underrated Lie To Me), with a slew of staff writers who have worked with them on other series. However, Marc Bernardin, comic writer and writer/editor for Entertainment Weekly, The Hollywood Reporter, and The LA Times, is probably the highest profile writer to have his name attached. It’s a pretty good pedigree already, but add in an actor from multiple award-winning ensembles, and this should be a scary good series.