by: S. Scott Stanikmas
Frank Darabont’s adaptation of the Stephen King story The Mist is one of my all-time favorite films. I liked it even better than the all-mighty Shawshank Redemption, which many use as the measuring stick for not only King adaptations but cinema in general.
So imagine my excitement when Deadline broke the news that Dimension Television, a division of The Weisnstein Company, is developing a TV series based on the universe of The Mist!
This is exceptional news. Keeping it in the universe means that we already know what the tone and concept of the show would be like, but that the film would still most likely be considered canon and that it would still matter in the long run. Deadline had the following show description, which most likely came from the studio itself:
The series will tell an original story about a seemingly innocuous mist that seeps into a small town but contains limitless havoc. From psychological terrors to otherworldly creatures, the mist causes the town residents’ darkest demons to appear forcing them to battle the supernatural event and, more importantly, each other.
It could actually work. The original film only focused on the denizens of the town trapped in the supermarket. There are so many other stories to tell about a myriad of people that were trapped in other places – or worse, out in the mist with the creatures themselves!
Like I said before, The Mist is one of my all-time faves. From the cast to the story to the gut-punch of an ending that came out of nowhere, it was near perfect to me (and I almost skipped out on going to the movies that night. Thanks go out ot Erv Norman for bugging me until I decided to go). With Halloween right around the corner, this is the perfect time to see it if you haven’t yet. And when you’re all done watching it, do yourself a favor and watch the black-and-white version with the lights out. CREEPY!!!
No start date on production was hinted at, but if they play their cards right the show might be ready for next Halloween. What a treat that would be.