For many years, Hollywood showed hunger for everything Stephen Stephen, and this was especially true in recent years as more Stephen King projects have seen us on our screens than ever before. The author's latest novel, "The Institute," was issued yesterday, and Spyglass seems to have already achieved the rights.
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David E. Kelley (Big Little Lies) and Jack Bender (Lost) will work together to develop a "The Institute" in a limited series, with Kelley writing and Bender acting as director; both are also on board as executive producers. The "Institute" is located around Luke Ellis, a young boy who was kidnapped after his parents were killed in the middle of the night. Waking up in a room very similar to his own, hoping that there is no window, Luke soon finds out that there are other doors outside his door, where there are other children with special talents such as telekinesis and telepathy. Mrs Sigsby, the director of the titular institution, works tirelessly to remove the force of children's abilities. In a statement, TV president Spyglass Lauren Whitney said:
The opportunity to work on a new book by Stephen King is a great privilege. We are very pleased to cooperate with this dream team, including the David E. Kelley and Jack Bender, the architect behind this project, who speaks of his extensive steering and executive executive credits for themselves. After such a competitive pursuit, we have big plans for ‘The Institute 'here in Spyglass.
David E. Kelley and Jack Bender are familiar with Stephen King's content, as they worked together on Mr's series. Mercedes, who are now entering the third season. Bender was also the executive producer of Under the Dome and will play the same role on HBO's forthcoming adaptation of "The Outsider."
Summary of "The Institute" through Amazon:
In the middle of the night, in a house on a quiet street in suburban Minneapolis, intrud murders Luke Ellis's quietly and lets him into a black SUV. The operation takes less than two minutes. Luke will start at the Institute, in a room that looks just like his own, but there is no window. And outside his door there are other doors, which have other children with special talents – telekinesis and telepathy – who have found this place the same way as Luke: Kalisha, Nick, George, Iris, and Avery Dixon ten years old age. They are all in Front Half. Others, Luke, learns to step back to Half Back, “like the roaster,” says Kalisha. “You check in, but don't watch out.” In these most loyal institutions, the director, Mr Sigsby, and his team are ruthlessly committed to removing the power of their extraordinary gift from these children. There is no scrupall here. If you go with you, you will get signs for the vending machines. If you do not, the punishment is brutal. As each new victim goes back to Back Half, Luke becomes lighter to go out and get help. However, none of the Institute has ever succeeded.
We have plenty of other Stephen King adaptations this way, both feature films and TV shows, such as DOCTOR SLEEP, SA TALL ARTS, SALEM LOT, THE FADSHAIN, and more. Currently, you can currently see IT: CHAPTER TWO in theaters.