Ever since the mid-1970s, Stephen King’s work has been adapted for cinema screen and TV with regularity. That says a lot about the author’s incredibly prolific output, and King continues to bash out novels like they’re going out of fashion. In recent years, King has turned his skilled hand to the crime novel, but to my knowledge none have been adapted yet (although you could argue that last year’s Netflix hit, Stranger Things, was so Stephen King you could have been forgiven for thinking that King had actually written it). Now we have news that one of the 69-year-old’s recent works is about to be given the TV treatment, and that a decent-sounding cast has signed up for the project. Let’s hope it reaches these shores, but until then here’s the juice…
King’s 2014 novel Mr Mercedes starts in a distressed Midwestern city, with hundreds of desperate unemployed people lining up at a job fair. Without warning, a lone driver ploughs through the crowd in a stolen Mercedes, running over the innocent, backing up, and charging again. Eight people are killed; 15 are wounded. The killer escapes.
In another part of town, months later, a retired cop named Bill Hodges is still haunted by the unsolved crime. When he gets a crazed letter from someone who self-identifies as the “perk” and threatens an even more diabolical attack, Hodges wakes up from his depressed and vacant retirement, hell-bent on preventing another tragedy.
So that’s the outline of Mr Mercedes, and news circulated yesterday that US TV network, Audience Network, are setting about turning it into a TV series.
Here’s what Variety had to say about it:
The cast of AT&T Audience Network and Sonar Entertainment‘s new original series “Mr. Mercedes” has been announced. Based on Stephen King’s detective novel of the same name, the 10 hour-long episodes will feature Brendan Gleeson as the taunted and manipulated police detective Bill Hodges, opposite Harry Treadaway as demented murderer Brady Hartsfield, whom Hodges will attempt to capture even if it means breaking a few laws himself. Kelly Lynch, Jharrel Jerome, Scott Lawrence, Robert Stanton, Breeda Wool, Justine Lupe, and Ann Cusack will also appear alongside Mary Louise-Parker and Holland Taylor. The series, written by David E. Kelly, is currently in production in Charleston, South Carolina.
So some big names in there: Brendan Gleeson (who’s always brilliant), British actor Harry Treadaway (brother of Luke) and a high-profile writer (David E Kelly). Looks good.
More news as I get it.