Stephen King's Latest Novel, The Institute, Already Getting Adaptation
The new book is being adapted to television as a limited series and that didn't take long at all.
By Chris Morse
We are rarely surprised to hear news of another one of Stephen King's works being adapted (or re-adapted) these days, but getting the announcement of one for The Institute so soon definitely caught us off guard. The latest novel from the prolific horror author just released today and it has now been announced that Spyglass Media Group has chosen the story to be brought to TV as a limited series.
The same team behind Mr. Mercedes, another King adaptation, is attached to develop this property. For those who haven't been following along, you can find the official synopsis for The Institute below.
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.
As psychically terrifying as Firestarter, and with the spectacular kid power of It, The Institute is Stephen King’s gut-wrenchingly dramatic story of good vs. evil in a world where the good guys don’t always win.
The limited series will be written by David E. Kelley (Big Little Lies) and directed by Jack Bender (Lost), both of whom are on board as executive producers as well. Further details regarding the project, including a release date, episode count, and cast, are not yet available, but you can expect to hear more over the next couple of months.
In the meantime, Stephen King's The Institute is on sale now, so why not give the book a try while waiting for this television series to come along? Stay tuned for more news and updates.