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The Institute: Barnes, Parker Set for MGM+'s New Stephen King Series

Stephen King fans have another series on the way, as MGM+ has ordered an adaptation of The Institute with Ben Barnes and Mary-Louise Parker.

The Institute is the latest Stephen King novel to get a live-action adaptation, this time as a series set up at MGM+. Jack Bender, no stranger to adapting King as he was involved with Mr. Mercedes, and teams with Benjamin Cavell, who also has worked on King material, having been involved with The Stand, will bring the series to life. It will star Ben Barnes (Shadow and Bone, The Punisher, Westworld) as Tim Jamieson and Mary-Louise Parker (Weeds, Angels in America) as Ms. Sigsby. Production is set to begin in Nova Scotia this fall.

The Institute: New Stephen King Series Heads To MGM+
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The Institute Is Newer King, And Very Good

When 12-year-old genius Luke Ellis is kidnapped, he awakens at The Institute, a facility full of children who all got there the same way he did and who are all possessed of unusual abilities. In a nearby town, haunted former police officer Tim Jamieson has come looking to start a new life, but the peace and quiet won't last, as his story and Luke's are destined to collide. Tim Jamieson, played by Barnes, is a disillusioned ex-cop who takes a job as the night knocker in a small town, withdrawing from the world until Luke's plight reignites him and gives him something to believe in. Ms. Sigsby, played by Parker, is the charming but iron-willed director of the Institute and a true believer in its awful mission. She's certain history will come to see her as a hero.

"I'm delighted and excited at the prospect of The Institute, with its high-intensity suspense, being filmed as a series," shared King. "The combination of Jack Bender and Ben Cavell guarantees that the results will be terrific." Added Jack Bender: "I'm thrilled that Stephen King has entrusted me with another of his brilliant novels and continuing the extraordinary creative relationship with Michael Wright and MGM+." Working alongside Ben Cavell and a team of exceptional writers to tell the story of these uniquely gifted children will ensure a suspenseful and engrossing series."

I have faith in that creative team, and that story had me hooked, so this is pretty exciting. Stay tuned for more as we learn it.

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