It’s only a few months since the big release of Stephen King’s The Outsider but the news is it’s already been optioned for television and a ten-part series is in the works!
It’s reported that Media Rights Capital has picked up the rights to King’s latest epic tome and plan to turn it into a ten-episode adaptation. No partner network has yet been announced but it’s likely to go to one of the many streaming services now available.
Media Rights Capital has hired novelist and screenwriter Richard Price of The Wire fame to write the show, while the executive producers will be Jack Bender and Marty Bowen who also worked on Mr Mercedes, another adaptation that is about to head into its second season!
The Outsider has received rave reviews since its launch in the summer, with the AV Club calling it “A Supernatural No Country for Old Men” and “An IT for the Trump era”. The Outsiders follows a man named Terry Maitland, an esteemed member of his community and family man who is accused of the horrific murder of an 11-year-old child.
Filming has not yet started and we’re awaiting more news on the project, we’ll bring you that as it breaks!
The fantastic book series will be adapted by screenwriter Steve Thompson, known for Sherlock and Doctor Who, producer John Yorke, of Life on Mars fame and executive producer Richard Stokes who has worked on Broadchurch, and Torchwood, to develop the adaptation.
Actor Ben Whishaw who voiced the bear in Paddington the Movie and its sequel will reprise his role for the new CGI-animated series. The series will follow the adventures of a young Paddington Bear and will air worldwide on Nickelodeon in 2020.
Gaiman says that Cumberbatch’s Prince of Darkness will be a giant animated Satan who appears 400 feet high. The star, known for Sherlock and other things, will appear on episode six of the series and we now also have a release date of 31st May too!
The show is being developed by Glen Mazzara (The Walking Dead), Akiva Goldsman (Titans, Star Trek: Discovery) and Stephen King himself and it looks as though shooting will start in mid-April!
Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss are best known for their work on the BBC’s Doctor Who and Sherlock respectively. After Moffat’s departure from the Doctor Who team, and Benedict Cumberbatch busily working with the Marvel universe, the two writers have had some time to work on new material.
They’ve chosen to dig up the old story of Dracula by Bram Stoker, and bring it to life in the form of a mini series with the help from the BBC and Netflix.
Set in Victorian Britain, this version will star Claes Bang (The Affair) as the undead hero Dracula: “the vampire who made evil sexy”, alongside Dolly Wells (Doll and Em), John Heffernan (The Crown), and Joanna Scanlan (Notes on a Scandal).
It will hit our screens this year, on the BBC in the UK and on Netflix internationally.
Keep an eye out for the trailer once filming commences!