Dimension Television, the TV arm of The Weinstein Company, has confirmed that it is currently developing Stephen King’s beloved horror story The Mist for television. The novella is celebrating it’s thirty fifth birthday this year, having been released as part of editor Kirby McCauley’s Dark Forces anthology collection in 1980. King would later include the work in his 1985 short story collection Skeleton Crew.
The Mist has actually been adapted before. In 2007 Dimension Films and Darkwood Productions released an excellent feature film adaptation directed by Frank Darabont who also helmed two other King adaptations: The Shawshank Redemption and The Green Mile. The film, like the novella, followed a group of people trapped in a supermarket after a mysterious mist descends upon their town, bringing otherworldly monsters with it. It’s not a premise that really supports long-form storytelling so the TV series will deviate from that narrative. It’ll instead ditch the supermarket aspect and add a psychological one, focusing on the residents of a small town that becomes enshrouded by the eponymous mist. The mist will bring the monsters but will also bring psychological terror, preying on the townspeople’s fears. The show is being written by Danish screenwriter Christian Torpe.
Bob Weinstein, the co-chairman of The Weinstein Company, talked up the series in a statement: “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.”
The series currently has no network attached but the name Stephen King alone will probably draw plenty of interest. King is a prolific author, having written fifty four novels and almost two hundred short stories since his debut with Carrie in 1974, and his work has always attracted plenty of adaptations. In addition to the aforementioned The Mist, The Shawshank Redemption and The Green Mile films, classics like The Shining, Misery and 1408 number among the almost sixty feature length films based on King’s work. A television adaptation is far from unprecedented either, with television films and miniseries like It, The Stand, ‘Salems Lot and Desperation hitting the small screen previously, as well as Under the Dome which just wrapped up it’s three season run on CBS. The Mist TV adaptation joins a slew of other upcoming adaptations over film and television, include 11/22/63, Cell and The Dark Tower.