Stephen King’s brand new novel, The Institute, has barely hit shelves–it was officially released only yesterday–but it appears as though it’s already in development for a limited series adaptation by the same crew who brought Mr. Mercedes to life.
Deadline reports that SpyGlass Media Group’s TV division has gained the property with both David E. Kelley (Big Little Lies) attached to write and Jack Bender (Under the Dome) set to direct the limited series.
The news is hardly surprising. We seem to be in a golden age of King adaptations with It Chapter Two currently in theaters and Doctor Sleep, The Stand, In the Tall Grass, and a host of other titles all in various stages of development or preparing for their releases.
The Institute tells the story of a young man named Luke Ellis whose parents are murdered in the night and he finds himself kidnapped and taken to the Institute where he’s given a room that looks exactly like his own room except there are no windows to the outside. There he meets other kids who, like himself, are psychically gifted with telekinesis and telepathy.
Run by a sinister woman called Mrs. Sigsby, this Institute is bent on extracting the force of these young people’s abilities by whatever means necessary.
The book has already been lauded as one of King’s most intense books to date with the New York Times proclaiming that it “might be Stephen King’s scariest novel yet.”
There is no question that Kelley and Bender know how to work within the world of King. Mr. Mercedes has been heaped with praise since its first episode, and it will be interesting to see how these two go about bringing this new horrific tale to life.
Stay tuned to iHorror for the latest updates on this new project as they become available.