HBO has unveiled the first trailer for HBO's “The Outsider,” the latest Stephen King horror novel to be adapted for the small screen.
The 10-episode series, which is set to hit HBO January 12, will follow police detective Ralph Anderson Ben Mendelsohn, who also produced the series as he investigates the grisly murder of an 11-year-old. Although authorities quickly make an arrest, the police soon discover contradictory evidence, suggesting their prime suspect Jason Bateman was in two places at the same time. Though the case appears simple at first, the show's trailer suggests that events soon take a more sinister — perhaps even supernatural — turn.
Although investigators looking into a child's murder might seem like typical whodunit crime drama fare, the trailer for HBO's “The Outsider” makes clear that the limited series will retain King's signature horror flairs. Mendelsohn's character might claim he's just looking for “facts, evidence, [and] dumb cop shit like that,” but it's clear that his investigation will take more than a few grisly, suitably horrific, twists and turns.
Ralph, still grieving over the recent death of his own son, decides to bring on unorthodox private investor Holly Gibney Cynthia Erivo to help solve the mysterious case. Other cast members include Bill Camp “The Night Of”, Mare Winningham “Georgia”, Paddy Considine “In America”, Julianne Nicholson “Law & Order: Criminal Intent”, Yul Vázquez “Divorce”, Jeremy Bobb “The Knick”, and Marc Menchaca “The Sinner”. Executive producer Jason Bateman “Ozark,” “Arrested Development” will also star as Terry Maitland and serves as director for the miniseries' first two episodes.
The series' other executive producers include Richard Price — who also serves as showrunner on the adaptation — Michael Costigan, Marty Bowen, Dennis Lehane, and Jack Bender.
“The Outsider” marks the latest in a string of high-profile adaptions of King's novels. “Mr. Mercedes” also produced by Bender, “Castle Rock,” and “The Mist” are among several recent television shows drawing from the master of horror’s original stories, while film adaptations “It,” “It Chapter Two,” and “Gerald's Game” have also enjoyed successful runs.
Beyond “The Outsider,” King diehards will have plenty of television content to keep them satisfied and scared in the near future, as adaptations of “Lisey's Story” and “The Stand” have already been announced for the Apple TV+ and CBS All Access streaming services, respectively.
HBO’s adaptation of Stephen King’s The Outsider turned out to be a ratings hit for the premium cable network. So, it’s a wise move that they engineered a wide open door for season two, with Holly Gibney’s fate left ambiguous and another possible El Cuco host in the mix. These wrinkles arrived courtesy of screenwriter Richard Price, who not only engineered a damn watchable take on a complex novel to adapt, but he also pointed the story beyond King’s original vision and chain of events.
Jason Bateman, who directed the first two episodes and sporadically appeared as accused murderer Terry Maitland, recently spoke with Collider and confirmed that HBO’s definitely considering a second swing at El Cuco. Furthermore, Price is exploring some steps to get the story running again. Finally, some good news:
“I know that they’re talking about it and Richard Price is playing with some ideas and taking some first steps as to what that second year might and feel like. Obviously, it’s a complete free-ball because the first season exhausted 100% of [Stephen King’s] book, the IP. So, it’s really all up to him. I never like to step on the lawn of the writers. It’s something that I’ve always stuck with on Ozark. I leave Chris Mundy completely alone and I do my job as a director once I get the script. I chime in every once in a while and offer my opinion, but it’s always for the writer to take if they want and discard if they want.”
Hell yeah, that sounds like a promising update, even if there’s no actual confirmation from HBO yet. I think it will happen! Even horror icon Robert Englund couldn’t stop raving about this show, and the ratings eclipsed that of Watchmen and True Detective, so the public demands it. Of course, the public also wants to make sure that a followup is just as good as the first round, but if Price is in charge of the story, it’s in solid hands.
We probably shouldn’t expect Bateman to be too involved, however. Following the stunning ending to Ozark‘s third season, he’ll surely be in the thick of starring in and directing a fourth season of the Netflix show soon. He told Collider that he’d have loved to direct more of The Outsider, but it’s just impossible to do it all on both shows. Clearly, his work on the HBO show made for one heck of a launch, and the rest of the team took it from there.
As for Price, he previously suggested to IndieWire that HBO was open to a sophomore run: “There’s no such thing as a series that, if it does well, they’re not going to want a second season.” Again, this sounds like they’re inching toward an announcement, eventually, although things are obviously on hold in many places with the world’s current situation. Fingers crossed.
Although “The L Word: Generation Q” may have tried desperately to speak to a “new generation” of queer women and non-binary folks, fresher creative voices quickly rose to the top in its place. Though people still watched. Showtime’s “Work in Progress” was the best queer comedy of the year, Netflix’s “Feel Good” was an unexpected delight, and “Vida” is returning just in time for queer audiences to catch up on the best show about queer women of color on TV. Yet another contender released a promising first trailer today: “Betty” is a stylish and youthful portrait of Brooklyn teen skaters that already appears extremely queer.
The six-part half-hour arrives on HBO from filmmaker Crystal Moselle, who quickly made waves in 2015 with her her riveting documentary hybrid “The Wolfpack.” “Betty” is adapted from her second feature, the similarly hybridized “Skate Kitchen,” which followed a group of teenage girl skaters in New York City. The film premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival to positive reviews and was released by Magnolia Pictures that year.
In his B+ review of “Skate Kitchen” out of Sundance, IndieWire’s Eric Kohn wrote: “The streetwise alternative to ‘Girls,’ the movie weaves together such a complete vision of its subjects that the rest of the world barely exists. Of course, there's a long-standing precedent to capturing this subculture — ‘Kids’ did it, with more adventurous storytelling twists, more than 20 years ago — but Moselle's subjects hold their own with the surprising ability to clarify their emotions through the cathartic process of hanging out.”
“Betty” features many of the film’s original stars, most of whom had not acted before, including Kabrina Adams, Dede Lovelace, Nina Moran, Rachelle Vinberg, and Ajani Russell. All accomplished skaters in their own right, the first trailer shows the charismatic crew navigating various crushes and friendship trials with compelling panache and humor.
“Betty” is directed, co-written, and executive produced by Moselle. Lesley Arfin and Patricia Breen are also co-writers. Arfin, who also EPs, is a comedy writer best known for co-creating the Netflix series “Love” with Judd Apatow and Paul Rust.
HBO will release “Betty” beginning May 1 at 11 pm ET. Check out the exciting first trailer below: