Well, that was fast: Stephen King's new novel, The Outsider, has been out for about a minute and there's already a limited series based on the book in development.
Deadline reports that Media Rights Capital has picked up the rights to King's latest epic and plans to turn it into a 10-episode adaptation. There's no network partner yet, but don't expect that to remain the case for very long.
MRC has hired noted novelist and screenwriter Richard Price (The Wire) to pen the show, while the executive producers are Jack Bender and Marty Bowen, who are also executive producers of Mr. Mercedes, another King adaptation that is about to head into its second season on Audience this August. Bender may also direct the pilot for The Outsider. Among his numerous directing credits are many episodes of Lost, Under the Dome (also a King series), and Game of Thrones.
The book itself has been garnering solid reviews since being published last month, with The AV Club calling it a "supernatural No Country for Old Men" and "an It for the Trump era." The story follows a man named Terry Maitland, an upstanding, esteemed member of his community and family man who is accused of an unspeakably horrific crime — the ghastly murder of an 11-year-old child.
But even though Maitland's DNA and fingerprints are found at the scene, he also has an airtight alibi — he was seen by numerous witnesses at a conference at the exact same time the killing took place. So how could he be in two places at once?
The only red flag in all this is that MRC, the company behind the production, last collaborated with King on the disastrous film version of The Dark Tower. That movie was reportedly sabotaged in part by in-fighting between MRC and the other producers on the project, but hopefully The Outsider will be drama-free — except, of course, on the screen.