After decades in existence, Stephen King’s literary works continue to receive adaptation after adaptation. In the last three years alone, It, Pet Sematary (for a second time), and The Dark Tower have received the theatrical treatment while Hulu’s Castle Rock pays homage to King’s fictional town and a number of his eerily intriguing characters. Now, another one of his more recent creations will also be given the adaptation treatment on the smaller screen.
King’s novel The Institute, which hit bookstands on Tuesday, has been acquired by Spyglass Media Group to be adapted into a television limited series by David E. Kelley (Big Little Lies) and Jack Bender (Lost). The two previously worked together on another King adaptation: Audience network’s Mr. Mercedes. Kelley will be penning the adaptation while Bender will be seared in the director’s chair. Both are serving as executive producers.
Spyglass President of Television Lauren Whitney said this of the upcoming project, which is the company’s first acquisition in the world of television:
“Having the opportunity to work on a new and brilliant book by Stephen King is an absolute privilege. We are thrilled to collaborate with this dream team, including the incomparable David E. Kelley, and Jack Bender, the architect behind this project, whose extensive directing and executive producing credits speak for themselves. After such a competitive pursuit, we have big plans for The Institute here at Spyglass.”
King himself iterated that he is “delighted to be working with Jack and David, the creative team behind Mr. Mercedes. We think alike, and I believe The Institute is going to be a great success.” Kelley himself stated that “it’s a privilege and a joy to be able to team with Stephen and Jack again. Stephen has written yet another compelling and brilliant book. I cannot wait to jump in.”
The Institute has received numerous stellar reviews from critics. Publisher’s Weekly currently refers to King’s novel as “the most gut-wrenching tale of kids triumphing over evil since It…” The project is currently in preproduction. No word yet as to when it plans to begin production.
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