With Ben Mendelsohn and Cynthia Erivo starring, HBO chose not to produce a second season of The Outsider. This choice was taken because there was no compelling tale to tell, according to HBO and HBO Max Chief Content Officer Casey Bloys.
We try to approach everything as if there will be a second season,” Bloys says in an interview with EW. It’s always a struggle to adapt a book into a film, but with The Outsider, you have a terrific guide. Make sure there’s a tale to tell if you’re going to accomplish more without that. It was difficult to find a plot that could live up to the high standards set by the first season.
The first season of “The Outsider” covered nearly all of King’s novel “The Outsider”. As a result, they’ll have to start from scratch on a fresh tale. However, according to reports, Season 2 is being marketed to premium networks and streaming services. Currently, Netflix holds the lead.
After being axed by HBO, the deck suddenly appears to be stacked against The Outsider. They’re exploring a new network or online home for the show, according to reports. In light of the show’s high ratings, this move is shocking.
Before the show was canceled by HBO, Stephen King told Entertainment Weekly that a second season of the show was in the works. When talking about Mr. Mercedes, his other Holly Gibney show that is now available exclusively on Peacock, he noted in passing that the second season of The Outsider is just about ready to take off.
King was comparing Cynthia Erivo’s portrayal of Holly in The Outsider to Justine Lupe’s in Mr. Mercedes, pointing out that Lupe has had more seasons, episodes, and time to make the character her own than Erivo has had for Holly.
A second season of “The Outsider” will be produced “as soon as they can get the production started,” he stated.
This gave us reason to believe that there would be more seasons, even though we had already finished reading the book’s plot and had no idea where it was going to go. It was only in an interview with Collider in April that Jason Bateman confirmed the show would return for a second season.