HBO has passed on The Outsider season 2. But that doesn't mean the Stephen King series is done just yet as MRC, the studio behind the adaptation, is going to try and find a new home for it. There is a strong likelihood that the show, based on King's 2018 novel of the same name, will indeed find a streaming service or cable network to sign on, as the second season is said to be ready to go.
According to a new report, HBO declined to move forward with The Outsider season 2 after the network was presented with a script and show bible for continuing the story. The show was originally billed as a miniseries and the content of Stephen King's book was used up in the first season. Interestingly, King revealed last month that season 2 was in the works. He wasn't wrong, it just won't be happening at its original home. HBO had this to say about the decision in a statement.
"We enjoyed our collaboration with Richard, Jason [Bateman], Andrew [Bernstein] and the MRC team, and we wish them well in continuing the world created by the brilliant Stephen King."
It is said that writer and executive producer Richard Price created the new storyline with Stephen King's blessing. While details remain minimal, the story will center on Cynthia Erivo's character, Holly. It also explores " the human, naturalistic and inexplicable with a sustained pervasive dread you can't put your finger on." MRC Television President Elise Henderson had this to say about it.
"We thank HBO for a great partnership in the first season and for helping to bring in a
massive audience who fell in love with The Outsider. We are looking forward to finding a new home for this remarkable series.
MRC is taking the show to various streaming services and cable networks. There is no word yet on who specifically may be in the running. The Outsider season 1 follows a seemingly straightforward investigation into the brutal murder of a young boy. However, when an evil supernatural force makes its way into the case, it leads a seasoned cop and an unorthodox investigator to question everything they believe in. Ben Mendelsohn, Jason Bateman, Bill Camp, Julianne Nicholson and Mare Winningham also starred. Bateman also directed the first two episodes of the show, in addition to serving as an executive producer.
The show was received very well by critics and, by the end, became a big ratings draw for HBO, ranking as its most-watched new series in three years. That may raise some questions as to why the network decided to cancel it. But with Stephen King properties in high demand right now, and virtually every network and streaming service desperate for high-profile programming, it seems like a matter of time before The Outsider season 2 finds itself a new home. We'll be sure to keep you posted as further updates are made available. This news was first reported by Deadline.