After the embarrassment of riches that was 2019 for Hollywood adaptations of Stephen King books, 2020 is shaping up to be just as big of a year for the famed Maine writer. While there’s no obvious blockbuster set to debut next year — 2017’s “IT” and 2019’s “IT: Chapter 2” made more than a billion dollars worldwide combined at the box office — there are several highly anticipated adaptations coming out nonetheless, ranging from a recent bestseller to one of King’s earliest classics.
This limited HBO series has had a dizzyingly fast path from greenlight to premiere, with the show being announced just a few weeks after King’s supernatural murder mystery novel of the same name came out in May 2018. Set to begin Jan. 12 on HBO, it stars Ben Mendelsohn as Detective Ralph Anderson, Jason Bateman as the wrongfully accused Terry Maitland and Cynthia Erivo as beloved King character Holly Gibney. “The Outsider” was adapted by acclaimed film and TV screenwriter Richard Price (“The Night Of,” “The Wire,” “The Color of Money”).
Emily Burnham is a Maine native and proud Bangorian, covering business, the arts, restaurants and the culture and history of the Bangor region.
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