The last day has been a big one for Bangor’s most famous resident. There’s a new TV series coming out based on one of his books, and he revealed the title and release date of his latest new literary work.
Entertainment Weekly broke the news Wednesday evening that “The Stand,” King’s 1978 opus about a deadly plague that nearly destroys humanity, will be adapted into a 10-part miniseries for CBS All Access, the streaming platform that also broadcasts “Star Trek: Discovery” and “The Good Fight.”
Then, on Thursday morning, King posted on his website the title and release date for his newest novel, “The Institute,” described as a combination of “It” and “Firestarter,” about kids with paranormal powers, imprisoned in a facility that seeks to utilize their gifts to nefarious ends. The book is due out in September.
“The Stand,” expected out sometime in 2020, will be developed by Josh Boone (director of “The Fault In Our Stars” and the upcoming “The New Mutants”) and Ben Cavell, who have been developing the project for a number of years.
“The people involved are men and women who know exactly what they’re doing; the scripts are dynamite,” King said. “The result bids to be something memorable and thrilling. I believe it will take viewers away to a world they hope will never happen.”
Boone told Entertainment Weekly that he “read ‘The Stand’ under my bed when I was 12, and my Baptist parents burned it in our fireplace upon discovery.
“Incensed, I stole my dad’s FedEx account number and mailed King a letter professing my love for his work,” Boone told the magazine. “Several weeks later, I came home to find a box had arrived from Maine, and inside were several books, each inscribed with a beautiful note from god himself, who encouraged me in my writing and thanked me for being a fan. My parents, genuinely moved by King’s kindness and generosity, lifted the ban on his books that very day.”
Meanwhile, King himself revealed that “The Institute” will come out on Sept. 10, 2019 — just four days after “IT: Chapter Two” premieres in theaters — and is set at 576 pages. The synopsis posted on his site describes a story about a young boy with telekinetic and telepathic powers, who is kidnapped after his parents are murdered. He’s taken to the mysterious Institute, where the director and her staff ruthlessly experiment on kids with special powers.
The book jacket calls King’s forthcoming work as “psychically terrifying as ‘Firestarter,’ and with the spectacular kid power of ‘It.’”