Stephen King’s latest book, The Institute, is getting adapted into a limited series thanks to David E. Kelley of Big Little Lies.
Right now, there is a lot of great, new Stephen King content coming to our televisions and our movie theaters. IT Chapter 2 just released, Doctor Sleep is coming out soon, a new Firestarter movie is coming, and that’s only naming a few. Now it seems King’s latest novel, The Institute, is also being adapted for television.
As Variety reports, the creator of the hit HBO series Big Little Lies, David E. Kelley, is spearheading the adaptation of the Stephen King novel alongside Lost director Jack Bender. Kelley is set to write and executive produce the series while Bender will direct and executive produce.
This isn’t the first time the duo has worked on a Stephen King project together. Previously, Kelley and Bender worked on the Audience Network series adaptation of King’s Bill Hodges Trilogy, Mr. Mercedes.
Of course, these days, a horror fan isn’t hard-pressed to find a new adaptation of a Stephen King novel or short story. However, what makes the adaptation of The Institute interesting is that the book just released on September 10.
So while most of us haven’t had a chance to engage with the spooky new tale, here’s the basic gist. The Institute centers around Luke Ellis. When his parents are murdered in the middle of the night, he wakes up in a place that looks just like his room (except there isn’t a window — not a great sign), but he is actually in a place called the Institute.
His room is in a hall with several other rooms filled with children like him who have special abilities like telekinesis. All of the kids arrived under the same tragic and mysterious circumstances.
So basically, we’re getting some X-Men/Umbrella Academy vibes mixed in with some of the darkness from Doctor Sleep. In short, we’re totally here for this adventure, and it’s going to be even more amazing as a limited series event.
The series is still in very early stages, so we don’t know much surrounding casting or release dates just yet. However, stick around Hypable and we’ll keep you posted as news breaks on this new series from the mind of Stephen King.