Stephen King's THE INSTITUTE Is Being Developed as a Limited Series by the MR. MERCEDES Creative Team
David E. Kelley (Big Little Lies) is about to jump into the dark world of Stephen King again with Lost and Game of Thrones director Jack Bender. The two are teaming up to adapt King’s latest novel, The Institute, and bring it to life as a limited series.
I still haven’t had a chance to read this book yet as it was just released, but I’ll definitely get around to it soon! The story centers around “Luke Ellis, whose parents are murdered in the middle of the night by intruders. Luke wakes up at The Institute in a room that looks just like his own, except there’s no window. Outside his door are other doors, behind which are other kids with special talents, such as telekinesis and telepathy, who got there the same way Luke did.”
Kelley and Bender previously worked on the series adaptation of Mr. Mercedes, which they have been doing an awesome job with. That’s a great show and I’m confident that they’ll bring that level of talent, storytelling, and creativity to The Institute.
The series is set up at Spyglass and president of television Lauren Whitney said in a statement:
“Having the opportunity to work on a new and brilliant book by Stephen King is an absolute privilege. We are thrilled to collaborate with this dream team, including the incomparable David E. Kelley, and Jack Bender, the architect behind this project, whose extensive directing and executive producing credits speak for themselves. After such a competitive pursuit, we have big plans for ‘The Institute’ here at Spyglass.”
Kelley is currently developing the limited series The Undoing with Nicole Kidman and Hugh Grant for HBO. He’s also writing and executive producing the adaptation of Michael Connelly’s bestseller The Lincoln Lawyer for CBS. As for Bender, he is also working on another King project as an executive producer on HBO’s upcoming The Outsider.
I’m looking forward to reading The Institute soon and watching the series when it’s eventually released.