What can we expect from “The Mist” TV series? We’ve got new details.
Believe it or not, it’s already been ten years since Frank Darabont turned Stephen King novella “The Mist” into one of the most downright depressing and disturbing creature features we have ever seen. Who could ever forget the film’s ending, which traded in King’s hopeful one for, well, the most shocking final act of the past ten years. We certainly never will, as long as we live.
Later this year, Spike TV is bringing “The Mist” to the small screen with a brand new TV series, and TV Guide brings us an update on the project this week. During the Television Critics Association’s winter previews, executive producer Christian Torpe described the series as a “reimagining” of the source material, drawing a comparison between it and FX’s “Fargo.”
Let’s call it a reimagination. Internally, we talk about it as doing the Fargo approach, where the movie and the TV show is the same, but it’s different. It’s like a weird, twisted cousin to the original source material. Fans of the movie and of the book and of Mr. King’s work will certainly see elements from it. We also, in order to develop it for TV and turn it into an ongoing series, took our own little detours here and there.
Torpe also noted that Spike’s “The Mist” won’t hold back on delivering the darkness that Darabont did with the material, and he promised a memorable finale:
I personally love [Frank Darabont’s] ending. I thought it was a stroke of genius. We are playing around in that territory and we also know, of course, Mr. King’s ending. And I know Mr. King actually preferred Darabont’s ending. And so I think we came up with our own spin on a very original and surprising ending.
The show, “…tells the story of a foreboding mist that arrives in one small town ushering in a terrifying new reality for its residents, putting their humanity to the test. What will people do to survive when blinded by fear?”
The cast includes Morgan Spector, Frances Conroy, Alyssa Sutherland, Gus Birney, Dan Butler, Luke Cosgrove, Danica Curcic, Okezie Morro, Darren Pettie, Russell Posner, and Isiah Whitlock, Jr.
Spike will be creating 10 one-hour episodes. The show is scheduled to premiere in 2017.