NBC has closed a Stephen King deal just in time for Halloween. The crime thriller Mr. Mercedes will move to Peacock in October.
The first two seasons will premiere on the streaming platform October 15. The premiere for season 3 will be announced later.
Mr. Mercedes previously aired on AT&T Audience Network. Since the network announced its shutdown last spring, the series has been limbo. So, the Peacock pickup will be welcome news to fans.
Mr. Mercedes follows retired detective Brady Hartsfield, aka Mr. Mercedes (Harry Treadaway). The detective is tormented by a serial killer through a series of letters and emails, setting him on a dangerous crusade to protect his loved ones. The series is based on King’s bestselling Bill Hodges trilogy.
David E. Kelley and Dennis Lehane wrote and executive produced seasons one and two along with Stephen King. Jack Bender serves as director and executive producer.
More Stephen King Adaptations
A number of Stephen King projects have made their way to the small screen recently. Hulu’s anthology Castle Rock draws from a number of King stories. Plus, there’s HBO’s adaptation of The Outsider.
King’s recent release If It Bleeds, a set of four short stories, ended up getting optioned separately for each story. Interestingly, one of those stories follows a character that appeared in the Mr. Mercedes trilogy – Holly Gibney.
The Audience Network shutdown led us to believe we wouldn’t get any more Mr. Mercedes. However, now that Peacock picked the series up for streaming, maybe there’s hope for more episodes yet. And if Peacock does make new episodes, maybe Holly’s story “Let It Bleed” could get its screen adaptation too.
So, what do you think? Do you want more Mr. Mercedes? Let us know in the comments.
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