In a move that should surprise no one with how increasingly hot Stephen King‘s work has been as of late, I’m happy to announce that his upcoming novel, ‘Mr. Mercedes’ is getting the big screen treatment. Weeks in advance of the novel even being released, it would appear that Temple Hill and Media Rights Capital have put a film version in motion. The studios are working with producers Marty Bowen (‘Twilight’, ‘Safe Haven’) and Wyck Godfrey (‘A Good Day To Die Hard’, ‘I, Robot’). This is hot on the news that King’s most recent novel to movie adaptation was announced last week, ‘Bad Little Kid‘.
A bit early for an announcement without a director lined up? Oh wait, they have that too! It looks as if television’s Jack Bender (‘Lost’, ‘Alias’) is on board to direct. He’s very familiar with King’s work as he was a director on the wildly successful summer hit ‘Under the Dome‘ which is ramping up to enter its second season.
At this time there is no writer lined up for the screenplay, though meetings are already in the works so we should be seeing an announcement in the near future.
The book itself sounds to be quite the interconnecting set of characters who are all showing us how the story is playing out through their eyes. The interesting part is we’ll be getting a view not only from who appears to be the hero of the story but from the main villain as well if the synopsis is to be believed.
In a mega-stakes, high-suspense race against time, three of the most unlikely and winning heroes Stephen King has ever created try to stop a lone killer from blowing up thousands.
In the frigid pre-dawn hours, in a distressed Midwestern city, hundreds of desperate unemployed folks are lined up for a spot at a job fair. Without warning, a lone driver plows through the crowd in a stolen Mercedes, running over the innocent, backing up, and charging again. Eight people are killed; fifteen are wounded. The killer escapes.
In another part of town, months later, a retired cop named Bill Hodges is still haunted by the unsolved crime. When he gets a crazed letter from someone who self-identifies as the “perk” and threatens an even more diabolical attack, Hodges wakes up from his depressed and vacant retirement, hell-bent on preventing another tragedy.
Brady Hartfield lives with his alcoholic mother in the house where he was born. He loved the feel of death under the wheels of the Mercedes, and he wants that rush again. Only Bill Hodges, with a couple of highly unlikely allies, can apprehend the killer before he strikes again. And they have no time to lose, because Brady’s next mission, if it succeeds, will kill or maim thousands.
Mr. Mercedes is a war between good and evil, from the master of suspense whose insight into the mind of this obsessed, insane killer is chilling and unforgettable.
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