The first trailer for The Mist, adapted from a story by Stephen King by Spike, debuts. The Mist is one of King's most popular novellas; first published in 1980, it really came to public attention when it formed part of the 1985 anthology, Skeleton Crew. The novella was adapted for the big screen in 2007, and The Mist fared well, even though the ending was changed from the original work, which disgruntled some viewers.
TV channel Spike clearly thought the story deserves a retelling since they're set to air The Mist as a ten hour series starting this June. Starring Morgan Spector (Boardwalk Empire), Alyssa Sutherland (Vikings), Okezie Morro (Red Tails), Darren Pettie (Mad Men), Dan Butler (Frasier), Isaiah Washington, Jr. (The Wire) and Frances Conroy (American Horror Story), the first compelling and chilling trailer for The Mist has arrived online and can be viewed above.
The Mist centers around the residents of a small Maine town, who are busy dealing with the aftermath of an awful crime, when an eerie mist begins to roll in. The mist seems to be inhabited by some kind of evil force that cuts the town off from the rest of the world, and the inhabitants from each other. The town's residents must fight to maintain morality and sanity as the rules of society break down. This is largely hindered by a group of religious zealots, who try to convince residents that the mist is a punishment sent from God. A new poster for the series has also been unveiled. Take a look below.
As with a lot of King's work, religion features heavily in The Mist; the darker, more sinister side of it, at least. The Mist is one of his more supernatural horrors, and rather than being driven by or focused upon one specific character, it focuses on a larger group of people. It's a chilling piece of work, and the trailer above seems to suggest that Spike has brought the more gruesome and frightening aspects to the fore.
2017 seems to be the year of King's work making its way to the screen, be it big or small. Along with The Mist, Castle Rock and Mr. Mercedes are also adapted as TV series, set to air this year. Meanwhile, on the big screen, movie adaptations of The Dark Tower and IT are coming, while Gerald's Game and 1922 are set to become TV movies. Seven adaptations of one man's work is a lot, but King has such a wealth of stories that the pool of possibility is endless. His ability to terrorize, chill, and generally freak us all out makes nearly all of his works viable projects for the big or small screen.
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The Mist rolls into Spike on June 22nd.