Stephen King never rests. The dude puts out a few brick-sized tomes a year, which helps to solidify his title of the most proficient mainstream writer working today. Just a few weeks back, he published a novel called The Outsider. Wasting absolutely no time, it looks like Hollywood has gotten their claws on the property, and are hard at adapting that 576-page story for the small screen.
According to Deadline, Media Right Capital has optioned The Outsider for a 10-episode limited series adaptation and have hired The Wire and The Night Of writer Richard Price to tackle the material. On board to executive produce are Jack Bender and Marty Bowen, who already teamed on the Mr. Mercedes series for Audience Network, another King property that’s worth your time. Bender is reportedly in the running to pilot.
Sadly, I have yet to dive into the pages of the novel, but it sounds incredibly intriguing and feels more like a standard mystery-thriller than your average King story. Here is the official synopsis:
“An unspeakable crime. A confounding investigation. At a time when the King brand has never been stronger, he has delivered one of his most unsettling and compulsively readable stories.
An eleven-year-old boy’s violated corpse is found in a town park. Eyewitnesses and fingerprints point unmistakably to one of Flint City’s most popular citizens. He is Terry Maitland, Little League coach, English teacher, husband, and father of two girls. Detective Ralph Anderson, whose son Maitland once coached, orders a quick and very public arrest. Maitland has an alibi, but Anderson and the district attorney soon add DNA evidence to go with the fingerprints and witnesses. Their case seems ironclad.
As the investigation expands and horrifying answers begin to emerge, King’s propulsive story kicks into high gear, generating strong tension and almost unbearable suspense. Terry Maitland seems like a nice guy, but is he wearing another face? When the answer comes, it will shock you as only Stephen King can.”
Damn. Where is David Fincher when you need him? In all seriousness, Bender and Bowen are a good fit for this (seriously, watch Mr. Mercedes), and if you’re into a good mystery, this looks like it can be right up your alley.
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