It really does seem like barely a week goes by these days when there isn’t some sort of Stephen King adaptation announced – be it on the big screen or small screen – and now you can add The Outsider to that list.
For those not familiar with The Outsider, it’s one of the iconic King’s more recent work, with it actually only having been released just last month. As per Deadline, Media Rights Capital has taken up the option to adapt the tale for a ten-episode TV series. Richard Price has been brought in to pen the adap, with Mr. Mercedes’ Jack Bender and Marty Bowen to executive produce with MRC.
The official synopsis on the source material reads:
An unspeakable crime. A confounding investigation. At a time when the King brand has never been stronger, he has delivered one of his most unsettling and compulsively readable stories.
An eleven-year-old boy’s violated corpse is found in a town park. Eyewitnesses and fingerprints point unmistakably to one of Flint City’s most popular citizens. He is Terry Maitland, Little League coach, English teacher, husband, and father of two girls. Detective Ralph Anderson, whose son Maitland once coached, orders a quick and very public arrest. Maitland has an alibi, but Anderson and the district attorney soon add DNA evidence to go with the fingerprints and witnesses. Their case seems ironclad.
As the investigation expands and horrifying answers begin to emerge, King’s propulsive story kicks into high gear, generating strong tension and almost unbearable suspense. Terry Maitland seems like a nice guy, but is he wearing another face?
When the answer comes, it will shock you as only Stephen King can.
As ever, expect more on this latest King adaptation as it develops.