Stephen King Novel ‘The Institute’ Gets Series Order

by Rob Caprilozzi

The world can never have enough of Stephen King.

MGM+ has given a series order to The Institute, a series which will be based on the 2019 Stephen King novel, according to a report on Deadline. Ben Barnes (Shadow and Bone) and Mary-Louise Parker (Weeds) have signed on to lead the series which is from director/executive producer Jack Bender (Lost, Mr. Mercedes), writer/executive producer Benjamin Cavell (Justified, The Stand) and MGM+ Studios.

The synopsis of the novel reads “In the middle of the night, in a house on a quiet street in suburban Minneapolis, intruders silently murder Luke Ellis’s parents and load him into a black SUV. The operation takes less than two minutes. Luke will wake up at The Institute, in a room that looks just like his own, except there’s no window. And outside his door are other doors, behind which are other kids with special talents—telekinesis and telepathy—who got to this place the same way Luke did: Kalisha, Nick, George, Iris, and ten-year-old Avery Dixon. They are all in Front Half. Others, Luke learns, graduated to Back Half, “like the roach motel,” Kalisha says. “You check in, but you don’t check out.””

“I’m delighted and excited at the prospect of The Institute, with its high-intensity suspense, being filmed as a series,” King said. “The combination of Jack Bender and Ben Cavell guarantees that the results will be terrific.”

This isn’t the first time that King and MGM+ have joined forces. Back in 2021, Chapelwaite, which starred Adrian Brody and Emily Hampshire, was released on the network (which was then called Epix).

“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to work again with Stephen King. And The Institute, based on his critically acclaimed novel, is an exciting addition to the MGM+ original series slate,” said Michael Wright, head of MGM+. “There is no creative team I would trust more to bring the book to life than Jack and Ben, whose creative vision and love of Mr. King’s voice, will bring this thought-provoking and gut-wrenching story to life, in the engaging, cinematic, and thrilling style MGM+ viewers expect.”

Stay tuned to Horror News Network for more on The Institute.



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