The series, which is set to have 10 episodes in it’s first season, will feature Anton Yelchin and Brendan Gleeson in the lead roles. In addition to Audience Network, AT&T plans to distribute the program through it’s DirecTV property, giving the company’s customers exclusive access to Mr. Mercedes. This move parallels CBS‘s decision to stream the majority of it’s new Star Trek show exclusively on it’s CBS All Access service.
Described by King as his first detective novel, Mr. Mercedes promises to be very different from other productions based on the author’s work, almost all of which are in the horror genre:
Anton Yelchin and Brendan Gleeson are set to star in the suspense series produced by Sonar Entertainment. Yelchin will play Brady Hartsfield, a mentally deranged ice cream truck driver and IT worker for Cyber Patrol (aka Geek Squad) who is secretly the Mercedes Killer. Gleeson will portray Detective Kermit Hodges, a retired cop who is driven out of retirement after an old nemesis reappears.
The novel, published in 2014 and known as King’s “first hard-boiled detective book,” centers on a demented killer who taunts a retired police detective with information about a killing massacre. The ex-cop then takes matters into his own hands to bring the killer to justice before he strikes again.
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