Ben Mendelsohn to Star in HBO Adaptation of Stephen King’s ‘The Outsider,’ Jason Bateman Will Direct


Stephen King’s most recent novel, The Outsider, is getting the HBO treatment.


The network has ordered to series an adaptation of the 2018 best-seller starring Rogue One‘s Ben Mendelsohn. Jason Bateman will direct the first two episodes of the drama, which hails from studio Media Rights Capital (MRC is also behind Bateman’s Netflix drama Ozark). He also will serve as an executive producer through his company Aggregate Films, which will produce the project alongside Temple Hill Entertainment.


The Outsider centers on a seemingly straightforward investigation into the gruesome murder of a local boy that leads a seasoned cop and an unorthodox investigator to question everything they believe to be real, as an insidious supernatural force edges its way into the case.


In addition to Bateman, executive producers on the project include Jack Bender, Richard Price, Temple Hill’s Marty Bowen and Aggregate Films’ Michael Costigan. Mendelsohn will produce.

The Outsider joins a roster of original dramas at HBO which also includes Game of Thrones, Westworld, The New Pope, J.J. Abrams’ Demimonde, Jordan Peele’s Lovecraft Country, True Detective, Sharp Objects, The Deuce and Nicole Kidman-David E. Kelley’s limited series The Undoing, among others.


Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett
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