Ten years after Frank Darabont’s feature film adaptation of The Mist depressed the hell out of us with its shocking ending, a TV series is soon headed to Spike TV.
Set to premiere later this year, Spike’s “The Mist” has been described as a “twisted cousin” to Stephen King’s original novella, set to tell its own story rather than regurgitate what we’ve already seen. The 10-episode first season will introduce a brand new group of characters, and King himself got to meet them a bit earlier than the rest of us courtesy of the finished pilot episode.
In a new interview with the website Lilja’s Library, showrunner Christian Torpe spoke at length about “The Mist,” spilling some beans about what we can expect from Spike’s take on the material. We encourage you to read the whole interview when you get a chance, as it’s an interesting one. But what about King’s thoughts on the pilot? Torpe relayed to the site:
Mr. King was incredibly kind in terms of changes; he told me that as long as I didn’t do anything safe and ordinary, he would be happy. No words can explain the feeling of waking up and seeing an email from Stephen King in your inbox. It is as exciting and as scary as reading ‘IT’ when you were 12. He was such a gentleman, incredibly generous in terms of the changes I have made. He has also read and seen the pilot and thought it was ”pretty damn good”. Hoping and praying he will continue to think that about the rest of the show!
The series, “…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?”
Morgan Spector, Frances Conroy, Alyssa Sutherland, Gus Birney, Dan Butler, Luke Cosgrove, Danica Curcic, Okezie Morro, Darren Pettie, Russell Posner, and Isiah Whitlock, Jr. star.