Of all the authors to grace the printed page, arguably none have proved more popular with Hollywood than Stephen King. Between feature films, TV movies and miniseries, and TV shows, well over 50 adaptations of Stephen King novels and short stories have been produced, and that number balloons even higher if one includes all of the loosely related sequels to stuff like Children of the Corn, The Mangler, and Sometimes They Come Back.
The latest TV series to be adapted from one of King’s books is Mr. Mercedes, coming soon to AT&T’s Audience Network. At its core, Mr. Mercedes concerns the cat and mouse game between the titular serial killer and the former cop who he taunts with the horrifying details of his murders. Mr. Mercedes — whose given name is actually Brady Hartsfield — was originally set to be played by the late Anton Yelchin, with retired detective Bill Hodges being played by Harry Potter veteran Brendan Gleeson.
Many wondered whether Yelchin’s tragic death last year would derail the project, but executive producer and showrunner David E. Kelly pressed on, eventually casting Harry Treadaway (Penny Dreadful) as the new Mercedes. Previously granted a 10-episode, straight to series order by AT&T, Deadline reports that Mr. Mercedes is now set to premiere sometime in fall 2017. The supporting cast has also recently filled out, with former Weeds star Mary-Louise Parker, Two and a Half Men’s Holland Taylor, and Magic City’s Kelly Lynch all now on board.
The most pivotal supporting cast addition is probably that of Parker, who has landed the role of Janey Patterson. Janey is the sister of Olivia Trelawney, owner of the titular car that Brady uses to commit the brutal massacre that leads to the creation of his vile nickname. While investigating the case, Hodges meets Janey, who he quickly falls for and begins dating. Unfortunately, this also puts her in Brady’s dangerous sights.
Mr. Mercedes’ premiere episode will be directed by prolific TV helmer Jack Bender, who has directed episodes of hits like Lost, Game of Thrones, and The Sopranos. He is also well-acquainted with King material, having helmed nine episodes of CBS’ Under the Dome adaptation. Showrunner Kelley himself will write the script. Those interested should keep in mind though that the Audience Network is only available to subscribers of either the AT&T U-Verse, DirecTV, or DirecTV Now services.
Mr. Mercedes premieres sometime in fall 2017.