Stephen King’s The Mist is coming to television!
Following the success of “Scream the Series” on MTV, Dimension Television announced today that they are bringing The Mist, based on the classic Stephen King novella and film by Frank Darabont, to television. Stephen King has given his blessing to the project, which is a continuing series from acclaimed writer Christian Torpe. Torpe created the successful show “RITA” in Denmark, now finishing its fourth season, and has developed programming for both Showtime and AMC.
Using the book and movie as influences, the series tells 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.
“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,” said Bob Weinstein, co-chairman The Weinstein Company and Dimension Films. “With this show, Christian has created a fascinating band of characters and a story with infinite scares.”
Frank Darabont’s fillm adaptation was released in 2007 and grossed just $57 million, but went on to achieve critical acclaim. The original novella by King has also provided the inspiration for some high profile video games including Silent Hill and Half-Life.