Stephen King’s ‘The Institute’ Getting Small Screen Adaptation

The Institute

June 17, 2024

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Stephen King fans are going to have a lot of reasons to be happy over the next two years. Not only are adaptations of King’s The Monkey, “The Long Walk,” “Holly,” and Salem’s Lot on the way. News has come that fans are also getting a small screen adaptation of King’s “The Institute,” which will air on MGM+.

The eight-episode limited series boasts an impressive cast. Mary-Louise Parker (pictured), known for her role in “Weeds,” portrays Ms. Sigsby, the enigmatic director of a hidden facility known as The Institute. Ben Barnes, of “Shadow and Bone” fame, steps into the role of Tim Jamieson, a haunted former cop drawn into the mystery surrounding The Institute.

The plot centers around Luke Ellis, a young boy with exceptional abilities who finds himself kidnapped and imprisoned alongside other gifted children at The Institute. Meanwhile, Tim Jamieson seeks a fresh start in a new town, unaware that his path will soon collide with Luke’s and the unsettling secrets of The Institute.

Behind the camera, seasoned veterans with experience adapting King’s work unite. Jack Bender, who directed episodes of Mr. Mercedes, will serve as executive producer and director. Benjamin Cavell, who wrote the script for “The Stand,” will contribute as executive producer and writer for the series.

Stephen King expressed his enthusiasm for the project, praising the chosen team and guaranteeing “terrific results.” Production for “The Institute” begins later this year in Nova Scotia, so stay tuned for future updates!



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