Stephen King’s Mr Mercedes is Coming to TV

Stephen King holds the world record for being the most (books to screen) adapted living author and 2017 looks like being a bumper year for fans of his work. With his Dark Tower epic looking like being the biggest of the adaptations due out this year we are also hearing of other holy anticipated book to screen adaptations that are due to hit cinemas and TVs in the next twelve months including Gerald’s Game and now we also have an adaptation of Mr Mercedes the first novel in King’s latest trilogy to look forward to.

Filming for the 10-episode show from Sonar Entertainment is underway in Charleston, SC, with an Autumn  premiere being hinted at.

The casting looks brilliant, we have Brendan Gleeson of Harry Potter fame playing the main character of Detective Bill Hodges and Penny Dreadful’s Dr Frankenstein – Harry Treadaway cast in the role of the villainous Brady Hartsfield. With a brilliant supporting cast this serialised version of King’s 2014 novel about a serial killer and the retired cop who he decides to taunt into action with a slew of letters and emails looks to be a hit.

Directed by two industry stalwarts in David E. Kelley and Jack Bender Sonar Entertainment CEO Thomas Lesinski said “With excellent source material, a world-class production team and a first-rate cast, all of the pieces are in place to ensure success. We are confident that this series will appeal to a broad audience in the United States and in international territories around the world.” and Audience Network head Christopher Long agrees “Mr. Mercedes is a captivating new series featuring a stellar cast and produced and directed by two industry stalwarts in David E. Kelley and Jack Bender. This is exactly the kind of trifecta Audience constantly seeks in original television productions which we believe resonates with our viewers.”

Stephen King’s Hodge’s trilogy saw him writing at his very best and I for one cannot wait to see how this screen adaptation works out. With such an excellent cast I cannot help but think this is one to rival Under the Dome.

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