MRC, the studio behind The Outsider is shopping the property to new networks after HBO opted not to proceed for a second season of the series.
HBO execs were quoted by Deadline saying: “We enjoyed our collaboration with Richard, Jason (Bateman), Andrew (Bernstein), and the MRC team, and we wish them well in continuing the world created by the brilliant Stephen King.”
“We thank HBO for a great partnership in the first season, and for helping to bring in a massive audience who fell in love with The Outsider, we are looking forward to finding a new home for this remarkable series,” MRC Television President Elise Henderson said in the same statement.
Based on the novel by Stephen King of the same name, The Outsider follows what seems to be initially a straightforward investigation into the brutal murder of an 11-year-old boy. Eyewitnesses point toward a much-loved local teacher and parent (Jason Bateman). However, when new evidence surfaces that places the man in another town when the murder took place, investigators are baffled.
Enter Holly Gibney (Cynthia Erivo) a private investigator whose uncanny abilities open up possibilities that no one in their sleepy town could have fathomed.
The Outsider was initially advertised as a limited series on HBO though MRC included a pitch for further seasons in their initial meetings. MRC will apparently be pitching the series to all the major networks and streaming services moving forward in an attempt to further the story. Additionally, King approved their suggested storylines to expand upon his original work.
iHorror will keep you posted on updates as they become available on The Outsider.