Stephen King’s ‘Mr. Mercedes’ TV Series in Development
Sonar Entertainment announced that it’s developing Stephen King’s 2014 detective novel Mr. Mercedes as a limited series for television.
The novel, the first in a projected trilogy, tells the story of a psychopathic killer who drives his Mercedes into a crowd and a recently retired cop who tries to bring him down.
The second novel, Finders Keepers, will be published in May.
Director Jack Bender (Lost, Under the Dome) and Kelley will executive produce with Marty Bowen and Wyck Godfrey.
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 ploughs 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.