On August 9th, a TV series adaptation of Stephen King’s Mr. Mercedes will launch on AT&T’s Audience Network. The show will center on a retired police officer who is taunted mercilessly by the titular Mr. Mercedes, a criminal who go away with murder. It turns out cops aren’t the only targets of Mr. Mercedes’ chaotic mischief: Horror journalists are also on the list.
We recently received a package from Mr. Mercedes, one that included an actual cell phone. We’ve got it fully charged and we’re awaiting contact from the perpetrator of unprecedented vehicular homicide with a mix of excitement and fear. We’ll keep you posted on any messages we receive!
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The 10-episode series is based on King’s first hard-boiled detective novel, published in 2014. The show is being produced for The Audience Network, helmed by veteran TV auteur David E. Kelley (L.A. Law, Big Little Liars).
Mr. Mercedes Novel Synopsis: The stolen Mercedes emerges from the pre-dawn fog and plows through a crowd of men and women in line for a job fair in a distressed American city. Then the lone driver backs up, charges again, and speeds off, leaving eight dead and more wounded. The case goes unsolved and ex-cop Bill Hodges is out of hope when he gets a letter from a man who loved the feel of death under the Mercedes’s wheels…
Brady Hartsfield wants that rush again, but this time he’s going big, with an attack that would take down thousands—unless Hodges and two new unusual allies he picks up along the way can throw a wrench in Hartsfield’s diabolical plans. Stephen King takes off on a “nerve-shredding, pulse-pounding race against time” (Fort Worth Star-Telegram) with this acclaimed #1 bestselling thriller.
Official Synopsis: Based on Stephen King’s 2014 book, “Mr. Mercedes” follows demented killer Brady Hartsfield who taunts a retired police detective Bill Hodges with a series of lurid letters and emails, forcing the ex-cop to undertake a private, and potentially felonious, crusade to bring the killer to justice before he is able to strike again.
The show stars Brendan Gleeson leads as Detective Bill Hodges, Harry Treadaway as Brady Hartsfield, Jharrel Jerome as Jerome Robinson, Scott Lawrence as Detective Peter Dixon, Robert Stanton as Anthony “Robi” Frobisher, Ann Cusack as Olivia Trelawney, Mary Louise-Parker as Janey Patterson, and Holland Taylor as Ida Silver; King himself will appear in a cameo role.
And speaking of King, he’s seen the show—and he approves!
THE MIST, MR. MERCEDES, 1922, GERALD'S GAME, THE DARK TOWER, and IT: Believe it or not, they all look awesome.
— Stephen King (@StephenKing) April 4, 2017