HBO decided to pass on the planned second season of their hit adaptation of Stephen King’s The Outsider with Ben Mendelsohn and Cynthia Erivo. And today, HBO and HBO Max Chief Content Officer Casey Bloys says they made the decision because they couldn’t find a story worth telling.
Bloys tells EW: “We try to approach everything as if there’s going to be Season 2. And it’s always a challenge when you have something that is based on a book and obviously with The Outsider you’ve got a great roadmap. So if you’re going to go and do more without that, you got to make really sure there’s a story to tell. We just didn’t feel like we landed on a story that would live up to the first season.”
The first season of The Outsider covered almost all of King’s novel. This means they need to craft an entirely new story. But that said, we hear producers are shopping Season 2 to premium networks and streamers. Netflix is the front-runner.
The first season stars Ben Mendelsohn and Cynthia Erivo with Bill Camp, Mare Winningham, Paddy Considine, Julianne Nicholson, and Jason Bateman.
The Outsider begins when a man finds an eleven-year-old boy’s corpse in a park. Eyewitnesses and fingerprints point to Terry Maitland, Little League coach, English teacher, husband, and father of two girls. Detective Ralph Anderson, whose son Maitland once coached, orders a quick arrest. Maitland has an alibi, but Anderson and the district attorney soon add DNA evidence. But as the investigation expands and answers begin to emerge we’re left to wonder, while he seems like a nice guy, is he wearing another face? The answer will shock you.
Would you be up for another season of The Outsider?