HBO Is Planning A Series Adaptation Of Stephen King's 'The Outsider'

Australian actor Ben Mendelsohn will play the title role.

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Stephen King's work has been adapted more than that of any other living novelist, particularly in the form of TV series, and it doesn't look like this love story will be coming to an end any time soon. It has now been announced that The Outsider, the writer's most recent work, will be made into a TV series for HBO. It's the first time that the cable network is embarking on an adaptation of the master of horror's work, and it plans to pour in all the resources necessary to ensure the series is a success, more along the lines of 11.22.63 than of Castle Rock.

The series version of The Outsider will be written by Richard Price, who is none other than the co-creator of the distressing The Night Of, and produced by Jack Bender (Lost). They'll be accompanied by Jason Bateman (Ozark, Arrested Development), charged with directing the first two episodes. According to Deadline, the US actor, producer and director could also play one of the main characters. That means he'd appear alongside Ben Mendelsohn (recently seen in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and Ready Player One), cast in the title role, who has been absent from the small screen since he was awarded an Emmy Award for Bloodline.

This four-star team will be working with Stephen King's macabre script. In The Outsider, we meet inspector Ralph Anderson, a veteran of Flint City Police who employs some rather unorthodox methods. His life is turned upside down when a teenager from the area is killed, raped and partially eaten by his killer. The abundant evidence points overwhelmingly to Terry Maitland, a respected family man and renowned baseball trainer. But the cop's inquiry takes an unlikely turn when a demonic force starts to make him doubt the killer's identity, and even his own reality. 

This mini-series, which could be renewed depending on its performance, will comprise ten episodes. Filming is set to begin at the start of next year, with the series likely to be screened at the end of 2019 or during 2020. While we wait, we'll be enjoying another kind of gloomy, disturbing case with Season 3 of True Detective, scheduled for release on HBO on January 13. 

By Adrien Delage, publish on 05/12/2018