by: Jay Carlson – Editor-in-chief
Frank Darabont’s adaptation of Stephen King’s The Mist is a modern horror classic. A serious throwback to the classic atomic age monster movies of the 50’s and 60’s with a nasty twist. My lone complaint with the film was the use CGI over practical due to budgetary constraints. This issue is less apparent when watching Darbont’s (and my own) preferred black and white cut of the film. If you haven’t seen that, check it out.
Considering my love of the original film, I’m pretty skeptical that a Spike TV show will be able to capture what made the film and Stephen King’s original story so great. Don’t get me wrong, with proper care it could make for a cool TV show. There were plot points only hinted at, like the military base and their mysterious Project Arrowhead and there’s a whole town beyond that grocery store. Since the plot is situational, it leaves the door open to many, many stories. This is good because the last thing I would want to see out of this series is a rehash of the original story. I’d much rather see a new group of characters dealing with what lurks out in the mist.
Not much is known about the series at this point, but Spike was obviously pleased enough with the pitch to up the order from a pilot to a 10 episode commitment.
The series goes into production this summer and is set to debut sometime in 2017.