by: Maggie Loyal
David E. Kelley is set to script the upcoming adaptation of Stephen King’s MR. MERCEDES for Sonar as a limited series. The recently published novel, which steers more closely to a hard detective genre than the horror King is known for, follows a psychopathic killer who commits mass murder by driving his Mercedes into a crowd of people and the recently retired cop who makes it his mission to bring him down. The motif of murder-by-motor-vehicle should be familiar to readers of King’s works.
Jack Bender has been tapped to direct the series and Kelly and Bender will executive produce with Marty Bowen and Wyck Godfrey of Temple Hill Entertainment and Sonar CEO Gene Stein.
King, an exceedingly prolific novelist, has published fifty-five novels and written nearly 200 shorts stories. His works have sold more that 350 million copies. He has also seen many of his works adapted for film and television with varying success. Most recently, Cell, based on King’s 2006 novel and starring Sam Jackson and John Cusack, is slated for release this year.
Kelley is repped by CAA.