Back in September, it was announced that Stephen King’s The Mist was going to head to television for a series. At that time, all we knew was that the show would be adapted by Christian Torpe, who wrote the successful Danish show “Rita” and that King himself gave his blessings. But that’s all we knew.
Now, news has come via Deadline that Spike has give the pilot order for the series from Dimension Television, marking the first Spike scripted dramatic series since the company changed their network approach. Additionally, Torpe has been bumped up to executive producer.
Spike Executive Vice President of Original Series Sharon Levy states, “We are thrilled to join forces with the incredibly creative Christian Torpe and Dimension Films to develop Stephen King’s enthralling novella to a compelling series unlike anything else on television.”
As you all know, I absolutely love The Mist. I think it’s one of the finest horror films of the 2000’s as it mixes the terror of the unknown with the horror of humanity at its worst. It’s a shining example of all that horror has to offer, including a fair bit of gore for all you bloodhounds! Plus, the story’s influence on the Silent Hill franchise can’t be ignore and you all know how obsessed I am with those games!
The nature of the the original story and the film definitely allows it to lend itself towards a TV series. There are more than enough events that take place for each episode to have a focus. Furthermore, a TV series could go beyond the supermarket and into other homes, other businesses, other locations to show new groups of people and what they have to do in order to survive. For all we know, the supermarket story is the tamest and least horrific example of what The Mist has to offer.