The absurd amount of Stephen King adaptations being commissioned continues. Following the incredible success of IT last year – which became the highest grossing horror film of all time – studios and networks have quickly jumped on board the acclaimed author’s work, and now HBO has joined the fray.
They have snatched up the author’s latest novel, The Outsider, and plan to turn it into a TV series. Ben Mendelsohn has signed on to star with Jason Bateman set to direct the first two episodes. The series comes from MRC, who are also behind Bateman’s Netflix series Ozark, which might explain his involvement.
The Outsider revolves around what is ostensibly a straightforward investigation into the murder of a local boy, but the seasoned cop and unorthodox investigator in charge of the case begin to question everything they believe when an insidious supernatural force edges its way into the case.
This continues Mendelsohn’s incredibly busy run, having recently appeared in projects such as Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Ready Player One, The Land Of Steady Habits, Robin Hood, Netflix’s Bloodline, and is also set to have a major role in the upcoming Captain Marvel.
Even though HBO has season three of True Detective arriving in the new year, with The Outsider perhaps they are looking to capture some similar magic, but with a supernatural twist. Plus with the draw of it being a series based on King’s work, that should help quickly reel in some intrigued viewers.
Attention will now turn to who will be playing the leads, and considering the names the network have managed to sign on for their recent projects, there’s a good chance it will be some major stars. We’ll wait and see.