While there are moments in The Institute that would give you similarly dark vibes, this work serves as another example of a strong point that his new works have been striving towards making: not just to instill fear in the reader, but also to provide the tools to help combat it...
Stephen King, the world renowned horror novelist, released his new book on September 9th. That was Yesterday.
Today the rights to said book were purchased, and plans to adapt the novel into a “limited TV series” are already underway, according to Entertainment Weekly.
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The novel is titled The Institute, and follows a group of children living in an institute (you following?) for those imbued with special powers where the staff is “dedicated to extracting from these children the force of their extranormal gifts.”
This just be my opinion, and it should be noted that I haven’t read any of the actual work, but the descriptions I’ve read of The Institute don’t particularly grab me. It seems to be feeding off of the success of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children.
Which is partly why the rights for The Institute being sold within 24 hours of being released is so shocking.
But who bought the rights?
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Spyglass Media, with David E. Kelley and Jack Bender at the helm. If those names aren’t familiar to you, you might recognize David E. Kelley from the credits of Big Little Lies, and Ally McBeal as the creator of both. Jack Bender is most well known for directorial work on shows like Lost, The Sopranos, and Game of Thrones.
Names like these add excitement to a project that otherwise came about suspiciously fast. To be fair, we have no idea when this series will be filmed or released, so it could be a while before anything sees the light of day.
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Stephen King has long been the king of the bestseller list, and it’s a well-deserved title—it would take longer to list all his onscreen adaptations than it would for King to finish a book! Our love for Stephen King transcends his writing: he’s also a philanthropist and all-around bookish hero. Just yesterday, King donated $1.25 million to the New England Historic Genealogical Society. Of course, that’s not the end of his good deeds. He helped to prevent a struggling Maine newspaper from ending its book review section back in January… and that’s just 2019. Guess it would also take as long to list King’s outreach efforts as it would to wait for the next release—which, by the way, is soon.
To give some idea of King’s prolific output, consider that he announced his latest upcoming novel, The Institute, in January—to be clear, that’s three months after the publication of Elevation. Readers can pre-order the novel online, and they can see the cover here! As early as September 10, we’ll all be able to get our hands on and bookmarks in…
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This tale of gifted children and grey morals might help sate our bottomless hunger for The Umbrella Academy. It also just might create a hunger for more Stephen King! Fortunately, there’s an easy solution: just wait a few months. He’ll at least have announced another one.
In the middle of the night, in a house on a quiet street in suburban Minneapolis, intruders silently murder Luke Ellis’s parents and load him into a black SUV. The operation takes less than two minutes. Luke will wake up at The Institute, in a room that looks just like his own, except there’s no window. And outside his door are other doors, behind which are other kids with special talents—telekinesis and telepathy—who got to this place the same way Luke did: Kalisha, Nick, George, Iris, and ten-year-old Avery Dixon. They are all in Front Half. Others, Luke learns, graduated to Back Half, “like the roach motel,” Kalisha says. “You check in, but you don’t check out.”
In this most sinister of institutions, the director, Mrs. Sigsby, and her staff are ruthlessly dedicated to extracting from these children the force of their extranormal gifts. There are no scruples here. If you go along, you get tokens for the vending machines. If you don’t, punishment is brutal. As each new victim disappears to Back Half, Luke becomes more and more desperate to get out and get help. But no one has ever escaped from the Institute.
As psychically terrifying as Firestarter, and with the spectacular kid power of It, The Institute is Stephen King’s gut-wrenchingly dramatic story of good vs. evil in a world where the good guys don’t always win.
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A new Stephen King novel is always something to get excited about, and his latest one definitely sounds like a real page-turner.
King has revealed the cover of his new novel The Institute, which tells the story of a boy named Luke with special powers who is kidnapped and sent to a facility. As other children at the facility start to disappear, Luke must find a way to escape.
Announced in late January, the cover of the novel was revealed in an exclusive interview with Entertainment Weekly.
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The book will be available September 10th.
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