Good news everybody! Especially the Stephen King fans out there, which I bet a lot of people reading this are. HBO just dropped the trailer for their adaptation of King’s recent half detective story and half supernatural thriller The Outsider.
For those of you who haven’t read this devilishly disturbing book, here’s a plot synopsis for the show:
“The 10-episode series follows police detective Ralph Anderson (Ben Mendelsohn), as he sets out to investigate the mutilated body of 11-year-old Frankie Peterson found in the Georgia woods. The mysterious circumstances surrounding this horrifying crime leads Ralph, still grieving the recent death of his own son, to bring in unorthodox private investigator Holly Gibney (Cynthia Erivo), whose uncanny abilities he hopes will help explain the unexplainable.”
The series also stars Jason Bateman as Terry Maitland, the man accused of a crime to horrible to detail on this family friendly site. As much as I love Bateman’s comedic work, I think where he truly excels is in more dramatic roles. If you haven’t checked out his performance in The Gift (2015) I highly recommend checking it out.
I really dug The Outsider, in fact it was the first King book I ever read (technically it was Elevation, but that’s a novella and apparently there’s a difference). What King does so well in the book is mix the detective story with the supernatural elements. It’s could honestly just be described as a serial killer novel with a supernatural twist. The supernatural stuff doesn’t really make that much of an appearance until later on in the novel, and don’t worry I’m not spoiling anything by saying that. Trust me.
What also has me really excited for this is the character of Holly. I’ve been slowly making my way through King’s Bill Hodges trilogy and I can’t get enough of her. She makes an appearance a little bit past the mid-way of The Outsider if I remember correctly and she’s just a treat of a character. I’m glad it looks as though she might have a larger role in the miniseries.
The series is set to premiere on HBO January 17th of next year. Will you be checking this one out? Were you a fan of the book? Skip your merry way on down to the official Nightmare on Film Street Twitter, The Horror Movie Fiend Club on Facebook, and our Subreddit to let us know!