Stephen King is known as one of the most prolific American authors, with countless novels and short stories to his name. Add to that his instant name recognition by the general public, and it stands to reason that his works have been mined time and again for television and film adaptations.
Most recently, his 2009 novel Under the Dome was brought to series on CBS, where it ran for three seasons. Now, yet another King novel is getting the television treatment.
Dimension Television — which has seen success with its TV version of the Scream franchise — has announced plans to develop King’s 1980 novella The Mist into a new series. The show will reportedly draw inspiration from both King’s words and director Frank Darabont’s (The Shawshank Redemption, The Green Mile) 2007 film to tell an original story about a mist that descends upon a small town, leading to untold chaos and rising tension among its residents. King himself has apparently granted his blessing to the project, which comes from writer Christian Torpe (creator of the Danish series Rita).
Here is the official statement on the news, from Weinstein Company and Dimension Films head Bob Weinstein:
“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.”
Given the scope and richness of King’s material, there’s plenty of room to develop his initial story into a survival story along the lines of The Walking Dead, which was incidentally created by Darabont himself. That AMC series has flourished tremendously in balancing personal human drama with supernatural scares, to the point that its recently launched spin-off (Fear the Walking Dead) has likewise become a ratings success, thus far.
Still, a concept like the one featured in The Mist will rely heavily on intricate writing and a top-notch cast to ensure that any slow-burn element of its plot keep viewers engaged. Shows like Lost or even the HBO series The Leftovers could be solid models in part, though The Mist may struggle with keeping its central mystery a looming threat for too long. Only time will tell how it handles that part of its plot, but consider us cautiously optimistic for now.
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Source: Dimension Television