Stephen King is all over since the past two years. The year saw the IT sequel release, along with several of his books turning into web series and films. To add to all that, his latest novel, The Institute, will be adapted into a limited series. David E Kelley and Jack Bender will be developing the series for Spyglass Entertainment. David has earlier worked on Big Little Lies and Jack Bender was associated with Lost. Here’s the synopsis:
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 Stephen King book has opened to good reviews. GoodReads has given the book four star rating as well as the Independent. This is going to be a good Halloween for Stephen King fans.