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Stephen King has teamed up with David E. Kelley (Ally McBeal, The Practice, Boston Legal) to adapt his novel Mr. Mercedes into a limited series. This is one of the few books King has written that I haven’t had a chance to read yet. The story centers on a psychopath who commits mass murder by driving his Mercedes into a crowd, and it follows a retired cop who makes it his mission to bring him to justice. Kelley had this to say in a statement:
“This is an amazing opportunity to adapt a script from material penned by one of the world’s most acclaimed and accomplished authors. ‘Mr. Mercedes’ is a great story that will translate beautifully to the screen if I don’t mess it up.”
This sounds like it could make for a fantastic series to watch. It will be directed by Jack Bender, who previously »
- Joey Paur
The master of horror, Stephen King, took a side-step into hard-boiled detective territory for last year’s Mr. Mercedes novel. While some of his dedicated followers – his constant readers – prefer his established genre, the vast majority are just as content with a brief escape into less terrifying waters. Ally McBeal creator David E. Kelley and Lost director Jack Bender can be roped into that latter category, as the pair are now collaborating on the adaptation for Sonar Entertainment.
Set up as a collaborative production between Sonar and Temple Hill Entertainment, Mr. Mercedes will be a limited series with an as-yet unknown amount of episodes. The story begins when a psychopath crashes a stolen Mercedes into a crowd queueing up outside a mall, killing many innocent people as a result. One of the town’s former officers steps in to investigate and forms a crime-solving gang with two unlikely friends.
- Gem Seddon
David E. Kelly, best known as creator of Boston Legal and Ally McBeal, but who also penned horror-comedy fav Lake Placid, will adapt Stephen King’s 2014 novel Mr. Mercedes as a limited television series for Temple Hill Entertainment and Sonar Entertainment. To be directed by Jack Bender (Lost), Mr. Mercedes concerns a man who kills…
- Samuel Zimmerman
The creator of TV hits including “The Practice,” “Boston Legal,” and “Ally McBeal” has signed on to write the script for the project Sonar Entertainment is developing for Jack Bender (“Under the Dome”) to direct.”
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Both Kelley and Bender will executive produce the adaptation of what King describes as his “first hard-boiled detective tale.” Marty Bowen and Wyck Godfrey of Temple Hill Entertainment will also executive produce, »
- Greg Gilman
There is already one “limited series” show on TV based on a Stephen King story – Under The Dome. If The Practice/Boston Legal man David E. Kelley has his way, there will be two, as he’s planning an adaptation of King’s novel Mr. Mercedes.Kelley, who also created shows such as Ally McBeal and less successful recent attempts such as Harry’s Law and The Crazy Ones, is looking to turn what King has described as his “first hard-boiled detective tale” into a series. Mr. Mercedes, which hit bookshelves last June, sees a psychotic killer commit mass murder by driving his titular car into a crowd, whereupon a recently retired cop makes it his mission to track the man down.“This is an amazing opportunity to adapt a script from material penned by one of the world’s most acclaimed and accomplished authors,” said Kelley in a statement. »
‘She gives you everything you need to know, but not much else – a rare and welcome treat in today’s cultural milieu’
Lucy Liu is enjoying a purple patch in her decades-long career. She is currently playing Joan Watson, a (long overdue) female incarnation of super-detective Sherlock Holmes’s sidekick in Elementary. She is wonderful: smart and quick, an asset and a challenge to Jonny Lee Miller’s Holmes. Liu is more than a match for his quirks; her Watson does not let him get away with his more objectionable behaviour. Conan Doyle purists have made their objections known, of course, but they hadn’t banked on the unflappability of Ms Liu.
I first saw her in that era-defining late-90s series Ally McBeal, in which she played attorney Ling Woo. Much has been written about the tenor and tone of the character – whip smart, fierce, rude and a little »
- Bim Adewunmi
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