Variety is reporting that HBO has committed to a series adaptation of Stephen King’s The Outsider. Jason Bateman is set to direct the first two episodes under his Aggregate Films banner which was founded in 2012. Ben Mendelsohn (The Dark Knight Rises, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Bloodlines, Ready Player One, Captain Marvel) has landed the lead role of Ralph Anderson in the series.
Written by Stephen King and published on May 22, 2018 by Scribner the 560-page novel quickly landed on the New York Times Best Sellers list. The synopsis of the book is:
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.
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