We truly are living in the year of Stephen King. With IT: Chapter 2 currently dominating the box-office, and several more high profile projects on the way, it only makes sense that Hollywood would move quickly to snatch up King’s latest offering The Institute.
As reported by Variety, David E. Kelley (Lake Placid, 1999) and director Jack Bender (Lost) are re-teaming (the duo are currently working on Mr. Mercedes for DirectTV) to bring King’s latest thriller, The Institute, to the small screen in a limited event series.
The Institute hits bookshelves September 10th, and advanced reviews have been positive for King’s sixty-first novel (counting the Richard Bachman novels). It’s a return to familiar territory for the Master of Horror—sinister organizations and children with powers. Scribner describes the novel as:
“In the middle of the night, in a house on a quiet street in suburban Minneapolis, intruders silently murder Luke Ellis’s parents and load him into a black SUV. The operation takes less than two minutes. Luke will wake up at The Institute, in a room that looks just like his own, except there’s no window. And outside his door are other doors, behind which are other kids with special talents—telekinesis and telepathy—who got to this place the same way Luke did: Kalisha, Nick, George, Iris, and ten-year-old Avery Dixon. They are all in Front Half. Others, Luke learns, graduated to Back Half, ‘like the roach motel,’ Kalisha says. ‘You check-in, but you don’t check out.’
In this most sinister of institutions, the director, Mrs. Sigsby, and her staff are ruthlessly dedicated to extracting from these children the force of their extranormal gifts. There are no scruples here. If you go along, you get tokens for the vending machines. If you don’t, punishment is brutal. As each new victim disappears to Back Half, Luke becomes more and more desperate to get out and get help. But no one has ever escaped from the Institute.”
At this time, no release date or network has been announced for the upcoming adaptation. With Bender currently working on Mr. Mercedes season 3 for DirectTV and the adaptation of King’s novel The Outsider for HBO, it is possible that both of these networks will be the front runners to land the limited series.
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