We got our first look at SpikeTV’s upcoming 10-episode adaptation of Stephen King’s The Mist yesterday, and we were pleased! While clearly honoring the source material in terms of mood and setting (although I wanted more monsters!), showrunner Christian Torpe is clearly looking to forge new trails in the familiar source material; he confirmed as much in an interview he gave to Entertainment Weekly the same day the trailer dropped.
“I wanted to be respectful to the source material, but my feeling was there was already a great adaptation out there by Frank Darabont,” says show creator Christian Torpe, referring to the 2007 film with the infamous gut-punch ending.
“The novella is 200 pages and one location, and we needed to change that to make an ongoing series. But we wanted to remain faithful to the heart of the story,” he says.
“I pitched it as ‘Ingmar Bergman’s Jaws.”
It looks like Trope may have struck a winning formula for King’s novella; he plans to use the mist phenomenon as an umbrella under which to explore many different situations and scenarios. It makes perfect sense, as I remember wondering how Melissa McBride’s character (in the 2007 film) made it home as the main protagonists struggled in the supermarket. Not only will this approach allow The Mist to be both over-arching and episodic, it will allow for explorations of specific themes.
Again, per EW:
“Unfortunately, I thought it was incredibly timely to do a show about what people do when they are blinded by fear,” Torpe says. “We look around at what’s going on in the world, and everyone is constantly looking for someone to blame, or someone to lead them to the promised land. They find people to hate, either because of their gender or race or faith. Those are elements we tap into — how fear drives things like misogyny and homophobia.”
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The Mist premieres on SpikeTV on Thursday, June 22nd at 10 PM. Check out the trailer and synopsis below.
Official Synopsis: Based on a story by Stephen King, THE MIST has been re-imagined for television by Executive Producer and Writer Christian Torpe and produced for Spike by TWC-Dimension Television. Spike’s THE MIST centers around a small town family that is torn apart by a brutal crime. As they deal with the fallout an eerie mist rolls in, suddenly cutting them off from the rest of the world, and in some cases, each other. Family, friends and adversaries become strange bedfellows, battling the mysterious mist and its threats, fighting to maintain morality and sanity as the rules of society break down.
THE MIST stars Morgan Spector, Alyssa Sutherland, Gus Birney, Danica Curcic, Okezie Morro, Luke Cosgrove, Darren Pettie, Russell Posner, Dan Butler, Isiah Washington, Jr., and Frances Conroy.