Ben Mendolsohn

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Ben Mendolsohn

HBO has ordered The Outsider, its series version of Stephen King’s latest full-length novel, and set Ben Mendelsohn to star.

Jason Bateman will direct the first two episodes of the series and serve as executive producer through his Aggregate Films company. Temple Hill Entertainment is also producing and MRC is the studio on the project.

Richard Price has adapted the novel, about a seemingly straightforward murder investigation in which a seasoned cop and an unorthodox investigator come up against an insidious supernatural force.

The series’ other executive producers are Marty Bowen for Temple Hill, Michael Costigan for Aggregate, Price and Jack Bender.

Mendelsohn, who will also produce The Outsider, won the best supporting actor Emmy in 2016 for his performance in Netflix series Bloodline. He stars in Nicole Holofcener feature The Land Of Steady Habits and appears in Robin Hood: Origins.

Aggregate Films has a first-look deal with Netflix and produces the streamer’s Ozark series, with Bateman starring, directing and producing.

MRC has financed, developed and produced series including House of Cards, Ozark and Counterpart.

The company’s features have included Baby Driver, Ted and Elysium.