There’s no denying that Stephen King is having another golden moment in film and television. Just a few of the current hits based on his work include the “IT” movie franchise, Hulu’s “Castle Rock,” and Netflix’s “In the Tall Grass.” HBO is getting on the King train with “The Outsider” in January, and the network released a teaser trailer ahead of the premiere.
If you you’re a King fans and you want to set a reminder, the adaptation launches on January 12th on HBO. The 10-episode series follows police detective Ralph Anderson (Ben Mendelsohn), as he sets out to investigate the mutilated body of 11-year-old Frankie Peterson found in the Georgia woods. The official description reads, “The mysterious circumstances surrounding this horrifying crime leads Ralph, still grieving the recent death of his own son, to bring in unorthodox private investigator Holly Gibney (Cynthia Erivo), whose uncanny abilities he hopes will help explain the unexplainable.”
The cast includes Ben Mendelsohn, Cynthia Erivo, Bill Camp, Mare Winningham, Paddy Considine, Julianne Nicholson, Yul Vázquez, Jeremy Bobb, and Marc Menchaca. If you haven’t read the original yet, you have time to read it before seeing the adaption. You can find the original novel right here on Amazon.
The next big movie adaptation in the King world is “Doctor Sleep,” which is a continuation of “The Shining.” The story follows an older Danny Torrence, who is now living a quiet life after the events of the Overlook Hotel. In the story, Danny works in a hospice center and uses his special powers to help patients die peacefully. Danny meets others that share his powers, but they are being used for terrible purposes. Mike Flanagan directed the movie for Warner Bros. Pictures, and the film stars Rebecca Ferguson, Jacob Tremblay, and Ewan McGregor.
If you need to catch up on all things King, you have a lot of streaming ahead of you. A new “Creepshow” series launched on AMC in September, and Netflix’s “In the Tall Grass” premiered earlier this month. CBS All Access is wrapping up casting on “The Stand” adaptation, and that limited-series is about to start production. Don’t forget to catch Season 2 of “Castle Rock” on Hulu, which incorporates characters from multiple Stephen King works.
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