Just when you thought we were going into a Stephen King drought on TV with the cancellation of both Under the Dome and Haven, word comes that King's classic novella, The Mist, is being developed as a series.
Dimension Television -- a division of the Weinstein Company, which produced the film version of The Mist in 2007 -- has announced that the story is being rebooted for television by writer Christian Torpe, who created the successful show Rita in Denmark and has developed programming for both Showtime and AMC.
Dimension co-chairman Bob Weinstein said, "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."
The show is said to be influenced by both King's 1980 novella (originally published in the landmark horror anthology Dark Forces) and the movie version, which was written and directed by Frank Darabont (The Shawshank Redemption), yet it will apparently tell an original story, which indicates that Torpe will not re-use characters or the setting from its predecessors.
Both King's tale and Darabont's movie took place in a Maine supermarket in which the customers are trapped by a strange mist that envelops their town. The mist, seemingly from another dimension, is home to a vast array of terrifying, nightmarish creatures, although in the story the people trapped in the market are almost as much of a menace to each other.
The novella ended on a bleak, ambiguous note that hinted at the mist spreading across the world, so in theory there is a lot of potential there to tell more stories in a series format (the movie had a different, more conclusive ending). King must think so too, as he has already given this project his blessing. There's no word yet on when and where the show is expected to air, but do you think a good, scary TV show could be made from The Mist?