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Stephen King TV drama to film in Massachusetts

New England StudiosTelevision drama Castle Rock, based on the writing of novelist Stephen King, will film in a Massachusetts studio from the end of July.

Castle Rock is the name of a fictional town in the north-east US state of Maine, where several of King’s novels are set. 

Filming will start at New England Studios near Boston at the end of July. Production is currently scheduled to run through to the end of February, followed by another nine-month block of filming beginning in the summer of 2018.

The project will occupy three of the four stages at New England Studios. Exteriors will be filmed in an old mill town called Orange, which is a 45-minute drive from the studios.

Massachusetts offers a 25% tax credit as a filming incentive, which in recent years has helped attract high-profile feature shoots like Johnny Depp’s gangster movie Black Mass, Dwayne Johnson’s spy comedy Central Intelligence and the Oscar-winning Manchester by the Sea.

Peter Berg’s Patriots Day and Paul Feig’s new version of Ghostbusters both built large sets on a former airfield just south of Boston.

Castle Rock is a major development for Massachusetts, but is just the latest in a series of TV dramas based on Stephen King’s work. Under the Dome recently finished a three-season run filming on location in North Carolina and a TV adaptation of The Mist shot last year in Nova Scotia.

Maine itself offers filming incentive support of up to 17% but the state is overshadowed in the north-east by Massachusetts and New York, and by Montreal and Toronto across the border. 

Image: New England Studios