When a novel is turned into a film adaptation, it’s obviously going to have a lot of critics. Many fans of the book will be upset that things were left out or changed, but the amount of material in a book is hard to fit into a single movie or even a franchise. Stephen King‘s The Mist is a novel that was changed slightly for the big screen, and now it is being made into a TV series, but anyone that ever saw the movie’s ending may be cautious about watching.
Please let it be known that there are no spoilers in this article for the ending of the novel or film version of The Mist.
It has been confirmed by Deadline that The Weinstein Company’s Dimension Television is going to develop a TV series based on “The Mist,” according to Deadline. Now, yes, the original novella came from Stephen King, and the movie was directed by Frank Darabont, but the TV series will be different.
Writer Christian Torpe will be taking on the job of writing the TV series, and it has the blessing of King himself. It’s going to be an all new story about a small town that has a very strange mist roll in, causing odd and horrific things to happen.
Bob Weinstein wants the terror and horror of The Mist to be brought to all who can see it.
“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.”
In the show, the mist is going to bring about psychological terrors and creatures that no-one knew existed. The greatest fears and deepest secrets of the town’s residents will be brought before them, and it’s all because of the mist.
For those that have not seen the film adaptation of The Mist, there will be no spoilers in this article.
In 2007, The Mist was released in theaters and Frank Darabont really wanted to make it up right as a great horror movie. Not that it needed much help, as Stephen King’s tale was already frightening enough, but psychological horror can change drastically from reading it to seeing it.
For the most part, the ending is the same except for the final five minutes of the film. King’s ending was good, but Darabont wanted something different to happen, so he changed it. It won’t be spoiled here, but you can watch the video below to see it or do yourself a favor and go watch the movie.
Most authors may not be pleased with seeing their stories changed, but as First Showing revealed in 2007, King was more than happy with it and gave his first approval.
“Frank wrote a new ending that I loved. It is the most shocking ending ever and there should be a law passed stating that anybody who reveals the last five minutes of this film should be hung from their neck until dead.”
Now, that horror and thrill and demented way of thinking is coming to the small screen. Spike TV has ordered the production pilot of The Mist, and it’s one of the few scripted series that the network has had in a long time.
It’s not known as of yet when production will begin on The Mist TV series or when it will debut on the air. Still, Stephen King’s horror story is living on as many of his novels have done before on television and in theaters. Many are memorable, but there may be nothing that sticks with you quite like the ending of The Mist.
[Image by Dimension Films]