It started out as a classic Stephen King novella, then got adapted by director Frank Darabont into a feature length film, and now, The Mist is coming to us in its newest form: a sci-fi horror series! Dimension Television will be responsible for bringing this creepy classic to the small screen, but not much else is known as of yet. No cast members have been announced, it it’s uncertain of Darabont will return to direct any of the episodes.
Riding on the coattails of the successful and recently renewed Scream TV series on MTV, Dimension’s announcement to recreate The Mist in the same vein is a no-brainer. Acclaimed writer Christian Torpe will be doing the writing for the continuing series, which has already secured Stephen King’s stamp of approval. Torpe is no stranger to sitcom success, as he created the show Rita in Denmark, which is finishing its fourth season, and has also developed programs for both Showtime and AMC.
The Mist series will use the book and the movie as influences to tell the story of a mysterious mist that wreaks havoc as it seeps into a small town. The traumas this mist brings are both psychological and physical, manifesting in hallucinations, terrors, and even creatures. It causes a rift within the community itself as inner demons come to light; a seperation that could jeopardize the residents’ chance of survival against this outside threat. Co-chairman of The Weinstein Company and Dimension Films, Bob Weinstein had this to say about the series:
“The terror and drama in Stephen King’s novella are so vast that we felt serialized television is the best place to explore them in greater depth. With this show, Christian has created a fascinating band of characters and a story with infinite scares.”
Overseeing the project for Dimension TV will be entrusted to Megan Spanjian, VP of Scripted TV, Matthew Singer, EVP of Production and Creative Affairs, and Keith Levine, SVP of Production and Development. No specific channel has been set for the show yet, so it’s unknown how much violence and/or gore will be shown. CBS proved to be an able home for King’s Under The Dome despite some graphic themes; maybe it could work for The Mist too?
A little background info on The Mist for those interested: it was published in 1980 as the first and longest story in a horror anthology titled Dark Forces. It was edited and republished in 1985 as part of Skeleton Crew, and republished yet again as a standalone paperback when its movie adaptation hit theaters in 2007. The film version garnered both a positive box office performance as well as positive reviews, and starred Thomas Jane, Marcia Gay Harden, Laurie Holden, Andre Braugher, Toby Jones, Jeffrey DeMunn and William Sadler. Since none of the cast has been decided on yet, it’s unknown if any of these characters will return for the TV series.
So the long and short of it is that a creepy novella from horror master Stephen King is getting the TV show treatment, and while not many details are known, King’s blessing over the project itself is enough to get the buzz going for fans of the frightful!