'The Outsider' via Charles Scribner's Sons

HBO is wasting no time jumping on the opportunity to adapt Stephen King’s 2018 bestselling novel The Outsider for their subscription service. Deadline reports the network has officially picked up The Outsider TV series, and has Ben Mendelsohn (Rogue One, Bloodline) on board to star and executive produce. Jason Bateman (Ozark, The Gift) will join Mendelsohn as executive producer via Aggregate Films, and is said to also be directing the first two episodes. 

Richard Price, and Michael Costigan will also exec produce under Bateman’s Aggregate films. Marty Bowen will exec produce under Temple Hill Entertainment, and Mr. Mercedes’ Jack Bender is also joining as exec producer. MRC is the studio helming the project after they acquired rights for a 10-episode limited series earlier this year.

Ben Mendelsohn in ‘Rogue One’ (2016) via IMDB

The Outsider novel follows upstanding citizen Terry Maitland who is accused of brutally murdering an 11-year-old boy. While there appears to be ironclad evidence of Maitland’s guilt, he also has an airtight alibi. It seems as though he was somehow in two places at the same time.

The story is said to add a supernatural spin to the mystery, which isn’t a surprise given King’s track record. The next big screen readaptation of his novel Pet Sematary follows a family who live near a hidden burial ground that can bring the dead back to life. 

Stephen King’s ‘The Outsider’ cover art via Charles Scribners and Sons

There is no word on a release date for The Outsider series yet, but there will be plenty of other Stephen King adaptations to tide you over in the next year. And given the people attached to HBO’s new project, it sounds like it’s going to be worth the wait. 

Let’s not forget HBO subscribers also have True Detective Season 3 and the final season of Game of Thrones to look forward to in the meantime. Are you excited for HBO’s The Outsider? Check back for more info on the series as we hear it!

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