Stephen King’s The Mist is set to induce nightmares again, this time as an ongoing television series. Yep, horror fans have a lot to celebrate about.
Deadline reports that the Stephen King novella The Mist is being developed into a TV series by Dimension Television, the small-screen division of Dimension Films that brought us the successful Scream TV series for MTV. Christian Torpe, script writer of the Danish series Rita (now in its fourth season) and the critically-acclaimed 2014 drama Stille hjerte, will be doing the scripts.
Stephen King’s The Mist is a horror novella released in 1980 about a small town in Maine suddenly beset by an unnatural mist where lurk a nightmarish variety of unspeakable creatures and horrors. The cast of characters is comprised of small town residents trapped inside a supermarket as the mist outside threatens to engulf everything. As the residents are picked off one by one by the mist’s nightmarish monstrosities, dread and pressure mounts, letting loose personal demons that add to the threat already posed by the stygian horrors concealed by the mist.
The Mist was adapted into a film in 2007 by former The Walking Dead TV series showrunner, Frank Darabont. Darabont’s film version was a relatively faithful adaptation of the King novella but with a different twist at the end (which Stephen approved). The film was a commercial success and received a cavalcade of positive reviews.
Dimension Television announced that the TV series will draw inspiration from both the original material written by King and Darabont’s film version. TV adaptations are always tricky, even more so when the original material can be read in one sitting. Stephen King’s The Mist, however, has a Lovecraftian scope and elusive depth that many other television horror shows (such as The Walking Dead) lack, providing a fertile ground for writers and producers to riff off on.
Bob Weinstein, co-chairman of The Weinstein Company and Dimension Films, says as much.
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.
Stephen King, known by many as one of the most successful horror writers and novelists of all time, has had many of his books adapted into film and TV, the most notable of which are The Shining, It, Stand By Me, Pet Sematary, Firestarter, The Green Mile, and Carrie. Stephen King has published 54 novels with over 350 million copies sold.
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