- Posted by CONTV Staff
- On April 14, 2016
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- spike, stephen king, the mist
[Update] Spike has ordered 10-episodes of The Mist, which will shoot this summer for a 2017 debut.
Last September, news broke that a TV series based on Stephen King‘s novella The Mist was in the works. At that time, the show didn’t have a channel to call home but that has now changed. Deadline is reporting that Spike has ordered a pilot.
The Mist, for those who are unfamiliar, tells the story of a small town that is enveloped in, you guessed it, a thick mist. Concealed within the mist are vicious, otherworldly creatures, that will attack and kill anyone that dares venture into it. The townsfolk find shelter inside of a supermarket but soon paranoia and panic leads to the survivors splitting into factions and danger emerges from within.
The Mist was previously adapted for the big screen in 2007 by Frank Darabont. That film, in my opinion, is one of the best horror films of the ’00s. Darabont took what was a fine King short story and managed to expand and improve upon the source material (a rare feat). And that ending! For those that haven’t seen it, I will not spoiler it but let’s just say that it is the embodiment of the phrase “gut punch.” My wife has never forgiven me for this. I can’t wait to tell her this is being turned into a show.
It does sound like they will be taking more liberties with the story on TV than Darabont did. The book and the film will both be used as influences, but the dangers will range from psychological terrors to otherworldly creatures. And this time around, the mist will cause the town residents’ darkest demons to appear forcing them to battle them and each other.