The Mist producer on Fargo influences, how they'll end the Spike TV adaptation

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Jan 16, 2017

Spike has been experimenting with original programming as of late, and one of the most ambitious projects is a small-screen spin on Stephen King's The Mist. How do you break that story into an ongoing series?

The answer is very carefully, at least according to what executive producer Christian Torpe told TV Guide about the project. The story follows a group of survivors trapped in their small town as a mysterious, deadly mist descends upon the area. Torpe said they'll looking to FX’s acclaimed Fargo as a template for how to turn this type of story into a serialized TV show, and it's hard to argue with the idea ... because Fargo is awesome. If The Mist is half as good, Spike will have a critical hit on its hands.

The story of The Mist was adapted for him back in 2007 by Frank Darabont (The Walking Dead), which featured a much more bleak finale than what King wrote in his story. The book is a bit open-ended, while the film ends with a survivor killing everyone around him out of mercy ... moments before rescue arrives. King himself has said he prefers Darabont's finale, and Torpe said they're trying to find a clever way to pay homage to both ideas in the series.

Here’s an excerpt from his comments:

"Let's call it a reimagination. Internally, we talk about it as doing the Fargo approach, where the movie and the TV show is the same, but it's different. It's like a weird, twisted cousin to the original source material. Fans of the movie and of the book and of Mr. King's work will certainly see elements from it. ... We also, in order to develop it for TV and turn it into an ongoing series, took our own little detours here and there.

I personally love Mr. [Frank Darabont's] ending. I thought it was a stroke of genius. We are playing around in that territory and we also know, of course, Mr. King's ending. And I know Mr. King actually preferred Darabont's ending. And so I think we came up with our own spin on a very original and surprising ending."

What do you think of bringing The Mist to television? Will you be tuning in?

(Via TV Guide)