The Outsider, Stephen King is on HBO

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Stephen King is now on HBO with the series The Outsider, an adaptation of one of his best novels of recent years; a police thriller with supernatural elements that will make us jump over our seats.

Very few dare to deny at this point that Stephen King is a master of American literature; a prodigious creator capable of telling endless horror stories, both realistic and supernatural, fantasy, science fiction and, in recent years, even the detective genre. 

It has been forty-five years since he published his first novel, Carrie, the story of a girl with paranormal powers and her tyrannical mother, a religious fanatic. Since then, Stephen King has given the world sixty-one novels, as he has written parallel science fiction novels under the pen name “Richard Bachman,” which includes stories, poems, and even comics. 

More than a hundred films and television series have been made from his stories. Brian de Palma adapted Carrie just two years after its publication (in 1976), a film that is now considered a classic of horror cinema. Four years later (1980), Stanley Kubrick - another great filmmaker, would adapt The Shining, a masterpiece of cinema that these days has seen its sequel in theatres with a follow-up adaptation, Doctor Sleep, under the direction of Mike Flanagan (also part of  Netflix’s Gerald's Game in 2017). Frank Darabont adapted one of his short novels titled Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption. From there came the film The Shawshank Redemption (1994); considered one of Darabont's best which earned him Oscar and Golden Globe nominations. Another high profile adaptation that is still remembered today for the magnificent performance of Kathy Bate and James Caan is Rob Reiner's Misery (1990). Bates won the Oscar and Golden Globe for Best Actress for this film. John Carpenter adapted Christine and David Cronenberg's The Death Zone (both 1983), Frank Darabont himself has three of King’s films and even George Romero walked through his universe. And of course, we cannot leave aside the two recent versions of It (2017 and 2019), in which the clown Pennywise has been masterfully performed by actor Bill Skarsgård.

As for television series, Tobe Hopper (the same one from The Texas Chain Saw Massacre) did a very good two-part version of Salem's Lot in 1979.  Another version was also re-launched with Rob Lowe, Donald Sutherland, and Rutger Hauer in 2004. In 1990, It was also released (as mini-series). And as of 2017, a new release of The Mist and Mr. Mercedes; a detective series King has recently been working.

HBO brings us the series The Outsider, based on the successful novel of the same name by Stephen King. The ten-part series is based on the murder of an 11-year-old boy who is found mutilated in the forests of Georgia. What seems to be a simple case complicates itself into the supernatural. There will be overwhelming evidence (DNA being the most decisive) about a father and a very beloved character in the community; baseball coach Terry Maitland.  Yet at the same time, it will be possible to prove that he was somewhere else, hundreds of miles away which makes him an unlikely suspect to have committed the crime. Jason Bateman, an actor, and director who has starred in series such as Ozark and Arrested Development (which won him Golden Globe for Best Actor), plays Maitland, while Ben Mendelsohn, a character actor with a distinguished career as a villain, plays policeman Ralph Anderson. Anderson, a friend of Maitland's and a hard, skeptical man who describes himself as "intolerant of the inexplicable”, will need the help of Holly Gibney, an investigator with paranormal abilities (who appeared in previous novels in King's detective series), to tackle this twisted case. Gibney's role is played by British actress and singer of Nigerian parents Chynthia Erivo, known for her performances on the stage for The Color Purple (2016) and in films for Bad Times at the El Royale (2018). 

This original HBO series is produced by Ben Mendelsohn, Jason Bateman (director of the first two episodes) and Richard Price; also a writer for the show. Price received an Oscar nomination in 1986 for The Color of Money, Emmy nominations for The Night Of (2016) and his best-known series include The Wire (2002-2008) and The Deuce (2017). 

The Outsider has all the complexity, emotion and terror that master Stephen King knows how to give in his stories, which also comes with an elegant and chiaroscuro style that reminds us of the melancholy and fascinating atmosphere of True Detective

The Outsider, a great new HBO production now on HBO and HBO GO.

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