With less than a month before its premiere, AT&T's Audience released the official trailer for their adaptation of Mr. Mercedes, an original series based on the 2014 Stephen King novel. The 10-episode series was originally picked-up by the DirecTV-exclusive channel in May 2016, with Jack Bender (Game of Thrones, Carnivale) tapped to direct and David E. Kelley (The Practice, Picket Fences) adapting the novel for television. Although the series has suffered some major setbacks along the way, including the tragic and untimely death of actor Anton Yelchin and casting changes, Mr. Mercedes will premiere for DirecTV subscribers on August 9.
Described by King as his first hard-boiled detective novel, Mr. Mercedes was the first of a trilogy of novels (with Finders Keepers in 2015 and End of Watch in 2016) and introduced us to retired police detective Bill Hodges as he races against time and his own mortality to finally put a stop to the psychopathic machinations of serial killer Brady "Mr. Mercedes" Hartsfield once and for all. It's still not known if Audience is planning to either adapt all three novels over the course of three subsequent seasons or lean heavier on the "based on" moniker and take the series in its own direction (similar to other book-to-series adaptations like Dexter and Game of Thrones).
Audience has this to say about their new series:
"A demented serial killer taunts a retired police detective with a series of lurid letters and emails, forcing the ex-cop to undertake a private, and potentially felonious, crusade to bring the killer to justice before he can strike again. Based on the bestselling novel by Stephen King. Directed by Jack Bender (Lost, Game of Thrones) and adapted for television by David E. Kelley. All three serve as Executive Producers."
Mr Mercedes stars Brendan Gleeson (In Bruges) as Detective Bill Hodges; Harry Treadaway (Penny Dreadful) as Brady Hartsfield; Jharrel Jerome (Moonlight) as Jerome Robinson; Mary-Louise Parker (Weeds) as Janey Patterson; Justine Lupe (Frances Ha) as Holly Gibney; Scott Lawrence (Legion) as Detective Peter Dixon; Kelly Lynch (The L Word) as Deborah Hartsfield; Ann Cusack (Better Call Saul) as Olivia Trelawney; Robert Stanton (True Story) as Anthony "Robi" Frobisher; Holland Taylor (The Practice) as Ida Silver; and Breeda Wool (UnREAL) as Lou Linklatter.