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Stephen King’s The Institute Getting A Limited TV Series Adaptation

Spyglass Media Group’s TV division has optioned Stephen King’s latest novel The Institute to develop as a limited series, with David E. Kelley (Big Little Lies) and Jack Bender (Lost), the same creative team behind the critically acclaimed Mr. Mercedes, also based on a King novel, attached. The announcement marks the first television acquisition for Spyglass and was made by Lauren Whitney, President of Television for Spyglass. Additionally, Spyglass has set a multi-year first look deal with Bender to develop future projects for Spyglass, overseen by Whitney.

The project marks a reunion for Kelley and Bender who have worked together on Mr. Mercedes, DirecTV’s Audience Network’s adaptation of King’s Bill Hodges Trilogy that has been renewed for a third season.

Kelley will pen the adaptation for The Institute and Bender will direct. Both will executive produce.

“The Institute” was released on Tuesday. Here is the synopsis for the book:

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.

“Having the opportunity to work on a new and brilliant book by Stephen King is an absolute privilege,” said Whitney. “We are thrilled to collaborate with this dream team, including the incomparable David E. Kelley, and Jack Bender, the architect behind this project, whose extensive directing and executive producing credits speak for themselves. After such a competitive pursuit, we have big plans for The Institute here at Spyglass.”

The Institute, on sale today, has received stellar early reviews. Publisher’s Weekly describes the novel as “the most gut-wrenching tale of kids triumphing over evil since It…”

Said King, “I’m delighted to be working with Jack and David, the creative team behind Mr. Mercedes. We think alike, and I believe The Institute is going to be a great success.”

Said Bender, “I am thrilled to be working with Spyglass Media and couldn’t be more excited that we’ll be starting with Stephen King’s extraordinary new book The Institute. Continuing to work with David Kelley only adds to the brilliance I am surrounded by.”

Said Kelley, “It’s a privilege and a joy to be able to team with Stephen and Jack again. Stephen has written yet another compelling and brilliant book. I cannot wait to jump in.”

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Stephen King Tells Us What Scares Him

Stephen King, the famed author of the new book, “The Institute,” shares the inspiration for his latest novel, which critics have described as “gut-wrenching.”

He also discussed with Good Morning America what scares him.

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An Evening With Joe Hill & Stephen King At Porter Square Books On October 10, 2019

 

Porter Square Books will be hosting Joe Hill and Stephen King at the Somerville Theatre in Davis Square, Somerville MA on Thursday, October 10th, 2019, at 7pm.

The father and son authors will sit down together to discuss their respective new books, Full Throttle and The Institute.

Tickets will go on sale on Friday, September 13th at 12:00 pm noon ET, and there are a few purchasing options.

Porter Square Books will be offering a limited number of deluxe tickets via a ticketing link that will be provided by email to their newsletter mailing list the day before tickets go on sale. The deluxe ticket package costs $65 total and includes entry to the event, a signed copy of The Institute, and a signed copy of Full Throttle. 

The remainder of tickets will be sold via Ticketmaster. Ticketmaster will offer two options: a ticket that comes with a copy of The Institute, priced at $30, and a ticket that comes with a copy of Full Throttle, priced at $28. Tickets are subject to Ticketmaster’s fees. A limited quantity of signed books will be randomly distributed to standard ticket holders!

In order to buy a deluxe ticket from Porter Square Books, please make sure you’ve subscribed to their newsletter via this link. On Thursday, September 12, all newsletter subscribers will receive an email with a link to purchase up to 2 deluxe tickets. The link will go live on Friday, September 13th at noon, so be ready to purchase then.

More info HERE.

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Read An Excerpt From Stephen King’s Next Novel, The Institute

Yesterday, Stephen King announced on his website the publication of his next novel: The Institute. Now, Entertainment Weekly has your exclusive first look at the book.

As a refresher, here’s the official synopsis:

“In the middle of the night, in a house on a quiet street in suburban Minneapolis, intruders murder Luke Ellis’ parents and load him into a black SUV. 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. In this most sinister of institutions, the staff is ruthlessly dedicated to extracting from these children the force of their extranormal gifts. As each new victim disappears, Luke becomes more and more desperate to get out and get help. But no one has ever escaped from The Institute.”

The Institute publishes September 10 and is available for pre-order.

Read the excerpt HERE.

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New Stephen King Novel, The Institute Will Be Released On September 10, 2019

2019 appears to be THE year of Stephen King!

Between April’s Pet Sematary, September’s IT: Chapter Two, and November’s Doctor Sleep, this year truly belongs to the Master of Horror, and to prove it, the best-selling author announced a brand new novel today!

The book has been teased for months now, but King has confirmed the fall release of The Institute, which follows last year’s novella, Elevation.

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.

Here’s the synopsis of the 576-page novel…

“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.”

The Institute hits shelves on September 10, 2019.

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