At this point, it'd be shorter to make a list of Stephen King stories that haven't inspired Hollywood adaptations: according to a new report, it has taken less than a day for his latest, The Institute, to be snapped up for the screen treatment.
As detailed by Variety, producer David E. Kelley (Big Little Lies, The Undoing) will team up with director Jack Bender (Game of Thrones, Lost) to adapt The Institute into a limited series after Spyglass won the rights to adapt the novel. Kelley and Bender previously worked together on the adaptation of another King novel, Mr. Mercedes, and Bender also executive produced adaptations of King's Under the Dome and HBO's upcoming take on The Outsider.
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The Institute tells the story of a little boy named Luke Ellis whose parents are murdered and who wakes up in a replica of his own room that has no windows and is filled with other children who have telekinesis, telepathy, and other gifts. The titular locale is run by a director named Mrs. Sigsby, who efforts to extract the kids' talents and from whom there is no escape -- at least not while they are still alive. In the book, Luke will partner with two other talented pre-teens to form a rebellion, and King told The New York Timesthat it's meant to be a tale "about how weak people can be strong."
In addition to The Outsider and The Institute, others of King's works that are currently in the process of being adapted or re-adapted for the small screen include The Stand, Misery (by way of Castle Rock Season 2), The Dark Tower, and Creepshow.
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