Stephen King's most recent tale, The Outsider, is coming to the small screen and has been picked up by premium provider, HBO. Released on May 22, it didn't take long for the novel to get recognized by spectators. The novel was a hit with critics upon release, and focuses on the gruesome murder at the hands of a well respected teacher. The decision to bring the narrative to the small screen was announced earlier this year by The Dark Tower production company, Media Rights Capital.
This isn't the first adaptation of King's to be sent to the small screen this year. Hulu is home to the popular Castle Rock, another series based on Stephen King material. The Outsider will follow an investigation of a gruesome murder that leads to a supernatural force making its presence known in the case. Nothing specific has been revealed about the supporting characters but details should release as the project picks up momentum. As for King's involvement, there has been nothing to suggest he will be involved with the adaptation of his latest novel.
According to Deadline, HBO ordered the series for a 10-episode run with Jason Bateman set to direct the first two episodes. Bateman will also executive produce the series with production company Aggregate Films. Ben Mendelsohn (Rogue One) is set to star in the show, his first appearance on TV since the finale of Bloodline. The Outsiders will be joining several popular originals (such as Game of Thrones) on the premium network. Marty Bowen, and Jack Bender will be joining Bateman as executive producers for the project.
Media Rights Capital will have The Wanderers author Richard Price pen the 10-episode program. Price will also be joining Bender and Bowen as executive producers. Bender has directed in his past so if he ends up behind the camera for a few episodes it should come as no surprise. While Bateman will direct the pilot it would be nice to see what Bender can do behind the camera for the show.
King has criticized previous onscreen versions of his novels, so fans will definitely be watching to see his reaction to this latest venture. The series has potential though with Bender and Bowen involved since both are familiar with King. The well received Mr. Mercedes is another show based on King's work that the two participated in. Fans should remember that MRC is behind the critically panned The Dark Tower film so there is a chance this program will flop. There is no word yet on when exactly The Outsider will premiere on HBO, but next year sounds plausible.