Yet another Stephen King novel is set to get the TV treatment. While folks may be more dead set on seeing some of Stephen King’s older work — like IT, The Dark Tower, Firestarter, or The Mist — on the big and small screen, we can’t forget that the dude’s been writing pretty great novels in recent years as well. Most recently, King’s put out a trilogy of hard-boiled detective novels. The stories started with Mr. Mercedes, continued with Finder Keepers, and concluded with End of Watch.
We’ve known for some time that the first book would be adapted for the small screen, but after being announced, back-burnered, and then brought back to the fold, it became easy to lose track over what the actual status of the project was. Now, Audience Network has announced that the 10-episode limited series has a premiere date of Wednesday, August 9, 2017.
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Below is the official synopsis for the series:
“Based on Stephen King’s 2014 book, Mr. Mercedes follows demented killer Brady Hartsfield (Treadaway), who taunts a retired police detective Bill Hodges (Gleeson) with a series of lurid letters and emails, forcing the ex-cop to undertake a private, and potentially felonious, crusade to bring the killer to justice before he is able to strike again.”
Brendan Gleeson plays Detective Bill Hodges, along with Harry Treadaway (Penny Dreadful) as Brady Hartsfield. Jharrel Jerome (Moonlight) is cast as Jerome Robinson, Scott Lawrence (Avatar) as Detective Peter Dixon, Robert Stanton (Mercury Rising) as Anthony “Robi” Frobisher, and Ann Cusack (Nightcrawler) as Olivia Trelawney, with Mary Louise-Parker (Weeds) as Janey Patterson, and Holland Taylor (The Truman Show) as Ida Silver. Kelly Lynch (Deborah Hartsfield), Justine Lupe (Holly Gibney) and Breeda Wool (Lou Linklatter) also star.
Big Little Lies’ David E. Kelly adapted the book for TV, and Jack Bender, who has directed episodes of Game of Thrones, is set to direct multiple episodes of the series.
From the sound of it, only the first book in this series is set to be adapted for now. It will be interesting to see if they’ll adapt Finders Keepers, the second book, as it has virtually nothing to do with the conflict between Brady and Bill. All the same, should this limited series do well, I can’t see a reason why they wouldn’t adapt the next two to create a total of three seasons.
Mr. Mercedes will air on Audience Network, and will be available on DirecTV Now this August.