Per Variety, Ben Mendelsohn is set to produce (!!) and star in an HBO television adaptation of Stephen King’s novel ‘The Outsider’. Additionally, Jason Bateman (who acts, directs, and exec produces ‘Ozark’) is set to direct several episodes and exective produce.
Co-creator/producer of The Night Of, Richard Price, has adapted the novel and will produce, and Mr. Mercedes director/executive producer Jack Bender is attached as well.
A brief summary, via BirthMoviesDeath:
For those unfamiliar with the novel, The Outsider concerns the gruesome murder of a young boy in Oklahoma. Following a positive ID from several eyewitnesses, the local little league coach is arrested for the murder…but further investigation reveals that the coach has airtight alibis in another town at the time the murder took place. How can one man be in the same place at the same time, and how does it all relate to a town hundreds of miles away, in Texas?
All told, The Outsider’s something of a blend of several Stephen King properties, featuring a little bit of The Colorado Kid, a smidge of From a Buick 8 and a strong dose of IT. In classic King fashion, it starts a lot stronger than it finishes, but it’ll make for a solid event series. Plus, this version will have Mendelsohn. You gonna say no to that? I’m not.”
In other exciting news, Emma Forrest’s directorial debut Untogether finally has a release date: February 8, 2019! Freestyle Digital Media has picked up the North American distribution rights and the film will be available on DVD and VOD in February.