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The Mist is being turned into a television series

09.16.2015

I just pulled up Frank Darabont's adaptation of Stephen King's THE MIST on my Amazon Instant Video a few weeks back, having had not watched it in awhile... and damn, if it didn't still hold up as well as when I first laid eyes on it. The tentacles may be a litle worse for wear, but the rest of the film's dynamic remains as solid as ever.

That's what makes this new news that THE MIST is being developed for the television series treatment quite surprising. How do you top something that's already that freakin' good?

Dimension Television and writer Christian Torpe, who created the Danish series RITA, are moving ahead with development and have gotten the blessing of Stephen King himself to make this happen.

Unlike the film, which takes place primarily inside a supermarket, the series will opt for an original story, using the mist to seep into a small town where it then wreaks havoc upon its residents. From the psychological to the physical, those forced to endure all that the mist brings will have a lot on their plate when it comes to overcoming obstacles. They'll have to battle both what lives in the mist as well as the changes in mindset and behavior of each other.

This is one that I'm going to have to see in practice to determine if it's going to work out well, but Darabont's film certainly has set a high bar for this show to try matching.

Do you plan on tuning in for a series based on THE MIST? Does THE MIST lend itself to being told as a story in serial fashion?

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4:15PM on 09/18/2015

The Mist is a horrible movie.

This movie was so dumb. Not scary in the least. People who think this is a good horror movie need to grow up. Probably all the people who think The Babadook and It Follows were scary as well. The Conjuring poops on all these movies!
This movie was so dumb. Not scary in the least. People who think this is a good horror movie need to grow up. Probably all the people who think The Babadook and It Follows were scary as well. The Conjuring poops on all these movies!
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5:45PM on 09/20/2015
The Conjuring is fucking overrated. Another predictable and generic haunted house film.
The Conjuring is fucking overrated. Another predictable and generic haunted house film.
12:43AM on 09/18/2015
I think in the vein of the Walking Dead this could work. Survivors trying to make it in a world where monsters from another dimension have moved in. Would be great on FX or AMC.
I think in the vein of the Walking Dead this could work. Survivors trying to make it in a world where monsters from another dimension have moved in. Would be great on FX or AMC.
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10:30AM on 09/17/2015
The Mist movie is amazing. It really holds up well over repeat viewings.

Unfortunately, Under the Dome has left such a bad taste in my mouth on Stephen King novels to TV adaptations. I just don't have a lot of faith that they could do the story justice in an ongoing series. And besides, I'm personally tired of the post-apocalyptic/end of the world scenario for TV series. Between The Walking Dead, Fear the Walking Dead, The Strain, Falling Skies, Dominion, The Leftovers, Revolution, The
The Mist movie is amazing. It really holds up well over repeat viewings.

Unfortunately, Under the Dome has left such a bad taste in my mouth on Stephen King novels to TV adaptations. I just don't have a lot of faith that they could do the story justice in an ongoing series. And besides, I'm personally tired of the post-apocalyptic/end of the world scenario for TV series. Between The Walking Dead, Fear the Walking Dead, The Strain, Falling Skies, Dominion, The Leftovers, Revolution, The Last Ship, The 100, Z Nation, Defiance, and many more, the TV slate is already chock full of "end of the world scenarios". I just don't think this show will be able to last.
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8:37AM on 09/17/2015
Actually, this could really work. Of course my opinion will be, put it on Netflix. A miniseries would suit this better, spanning the timeline of the show over a week or so. Give a tad more insight what the military scientists were doing.
Actually, this could really work. Of course my opinion will be, put it on Netflix. A miniseries would suit this better, spanning the timeline of the show over a week or so. Give a tad more insight what the military scientists were doing.
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3:19AM on 09/17/2015
This has better be better than Under The Dome.
This has better be better than Under The Dome.
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12:35AM on 09/17/2015

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Great F*cking movie, this and 1408 are my favorite horror movies of the last 15 years hands down. The atmosphere was brilliant, and if they can nail that coastal Maine, foggy nostalgic look they're gonna have a great series, if they try to inject too much color and cliche side stories they're gonna dissapear quick

p.s- "IT" should be shelved until they can get Carey back on board, don't understand why it's so hard to find a capable director for this, this guy understands the tone this movie
Great F*cking movie, this and 1408 are my favorite horror movies of the last 15 years hands down. The atmosphere was brilliant, and if they can nail that coastal Maine, foggy nostalgic look they're gonna have a great series, if they try to inject too much color and cliche side stories they're gonna dissapear quick

p.s- "IT" should be shelved until they can get Carey back on board, don't understand why it's so hard to find a capable director for this, this guy understands the tone this movie needs to be done in, I respect New Line because they produced the first Ninja Turtles movie, but they just need to let this guy do his thing, in the end, with the right marketing this thing could easily make 60-80 million, and do a 100 worldwide, these stupid Jason Blum movies are all making stupid money right now, an "IT" movie done right, that overcast coastal maine, I remember he once said the movie will have a "goonies" vibe, I was hooked on the idea. The problem is that kids these days are not appealing, cuz its all technology now, these kids will be texting, or they'll be on the computer, it's just not the same as seeing kids who actually want to go outside and get in trouble, I MEAN DO WE HAVE TO WATCH EVERYTHING SO GLOSSY AND COLORFUL ? IT'S RUINING ALL MOVIES, THE WONDER REALLY IS GONE, THE REAL FEEL OF EXPERIENCING A MOVIE IS GONE, I;M OFF TO BED.
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11:50PM on 09/16/2015
I'm down as long as it's gets a good director, and network.
I'm down as long as it's gets a good director, and network.
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7:41PM on 09/16/2015
Loved the film and the twisted ending, but my interest would really depend on what network this series would be on.
Loved the film and the twisted ending, but my interest would really depend on what network this series would be on.
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7:13PM on 09/16/2015
Depends on the network. I know Under the Dome is finally ending. If this is their replacement it doesn't stand a chance in hell.
Depends on the network. I know Under the Dome is finally ending. If this is their replacement it doesn't stand a chance in hell.
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6:52PM on 09/16/2015
If it's an original story, then that means that Thomas Jane's character could show up at some point perhaps, right?
If it's an original story, then that means that Thomas Jane's character could show up at some point perhaps, right?
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6:14PM on 09/16/2015

So...

It will be a series that expands over 1 day. lol. That's how long they were in the super market. This'll be interesting. I guess they could make it like 24 and have it in real time.
It will be a series that expands over 1 day. lol. That's how long they were in the super market. This'll be interesting. I guess they could make it like 24 and have it in real time.
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6:08PM on 09/16/2015

I don't get it

I loved the movie but it is essentially a glorified episode of the Twilight Zone. I'm not slagging of the quality or the talent but it is kind of a one note story. You make it into a series and you lose the feeling of claustrophobia and you can't stay in one place all the time. It would be like trying to stretch a movie like From Dusk to Dawn out over 13 episodes....oops,,,,,(how did that show get a second season,,,,).
I loved the movie but it is essentially a glorified episode of the Twilight Zone. I'm not slagging of the quality or the talent but it is kind of a one note story. You make it into a series and you lose the feeling of claustrophobia and you can't stay in one place all the time. It would be like trying to stretch a movie like From Dusk to Dawn out over 13 episodes....oops,,,,,(how did that show get a second season,,,,).
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6:53PM on 09/16/2015
Or the Walking Dead...
Or the Walking Dead...
6:03PM on 09/16/2015
I'm okay with this. I loved the novella and the movie, which was a very faithful adaptation, right up to the very end. The book ended ambiguously, while the movie ending was a deliberate attempt to be shocking and what's worse, it suggested that the whole thing passed quite quickly. A TV show will provide an opportunity to explore the new Mist world more effectively and also the events leading up to it. It could also tackle it from the perspectives of new characters. With that said, I'm very
I'm okay with this. I loved the novella and the movie, which was a very faithful adaptation, right up to the very end. The book ended ambiguously, while the movie ending was a deliberate attempt to be shocking and what's worse, it suggested that the whole thing passed quite quickly. A TV show will provide an opportunity to explore the new Mist world more effectively and also the events leading up to it. It could also tackle it from the perspectives of new characters. With that said, I'm very skeptical in light of the fact that the last Stephen King based TV series (Under the Dome) was such a complete and utter train wreck. Let's hope AMC or HBO picks it up.
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5:34PM on 09/16/2015
The original movie took place over, what, 24-36 hours? How can you stretch that timeframe over 10+ episodes?
The original movie took place over, what, 24-36 hours? How can you stretch that timeframe over 10+ episodes?
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6:16PM on 09/16/2015
Previously on 24...

Real time event.
Previously on 24...

Real time event.
5:12PM on 09/16/2015

Loved The Mist....right up 'til the ending.

The film should have ended where the original story ended...with them driving off into The Mist. The apologists out there who praise Frank Darabont for being "brave" are just covering up for how that ending almost completely nullifies the human struggle of everything that had come before it.

I'm down for a TV show -- if done well.
The film should have ended where the original story ended...with them driving off into The Mist. The apologists out there who praise Frank Darabont for being "brave" are just covering up for how that ending almost completely nullifies the human struggle of everything that had come before it.

I'm down for a TV show -- if done well.
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12:28AM on 09/17/2015
Completely disagree. I hated the ending to the book. Even King himself said that his original ending was lazy because he didn't know how to end it. The original ending added nothing.

Darabont gave The Mist a Night of the Living Dead kind of end, which was perfect. Hopelessness caught up to the main characters just like it did to all the people in the store.
Completely disagree. I hated the ending to the book. Even King himself said that his original ending was lazy because he didn't know how to end it. The original ending added nothing.

Darabont gave The Mist a Night of the Living Dead kind of end, which was perfect. Hopelessness caught up to the main characters just like it did to all the people in the store.
4:04PM on 09/17/2015
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I'm surprised that only one person commented, given how committed the defenders of the ending. Sure it's lazy, it's also ambiguous and allows the audience to take what they want to out of the meaning of what came before. Audience projection is also potent dramatic power.

The inspiration is there, but the ending of Night of the Living Dead was not about hopelessness. It was about the danger inherent in humanity. Hatred and ignorance, not the zombies...are the real threat.
@Mr. Moe

I'm surprised that only one person commented, given how committed the defenders of the ending. Sure it's lazy, it's also ambiguous and allows the audience to take what they want to out of the meaning of what came before. Audience projection is also potent dramatic power.

The inspiration is there, but the ending of Night of the Living Dead was not about hopelessness. It was about the danger inherent in humanity. Hatred and ignorance, not the zombies...are the real threat.

Yes. Hopelessness caught up to them -- until hope arrived 1440 frames after Thomas Jane plugged everybody. The ending would have worked better without the forced irony and if he had just swallowed the gun too...or barring 5 bullets, eaten by a critter.

The point of these characters getting out of the store was that they maintained their hope and humanity. The didn't succumb. That was ultimately their success and it was a complete narrative arc that climaxed as they got into the car. But then Darabont has to destroy it...why? Because he can.

Darabont (who is a filmmaker I generally love) is basically mocking the humanity of his audience with that ending. It wasn't earned in the least. The ending almost comically doesn't fit the movie that came before it, and that is its greatest crime.
12:51AM on 09/18/2015
Well when the King himself says he prefers Darabount's ending to his own and wished he wrote it that way, I don't think the humanity you speak of is all that important to the movie or the book. Besides the father is doing what he thinks is the humane thing here in their struggle to survive, when all hope was lost giving a quick painless death versus being eaten alive or used as a facilitator for offspring, or sacrificed by religious zealots, who wouldn't take the bullet given those choices?
Well when the King himself says he prefers Darabount's ending to his own and wished he wrote it that way, I don't think the humanity you speak of is all that important to the movie or the book. Besides the father is doing what he thinks is the humane thing here in their struggle to survive, when all hope was lost giving a quick painless death versus being eaten alive or used as a facilitator for offspring, or sacrificed by religious zealots, who wouldn't take the bullet given those choices?
11:34AM on 09/18/2015
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Of course King likes it better -- because he couldn't come up with one. But honestly the audience's experience is the priority here. Fans of the King's story generally weren't hip to the movie's ending either. Sometimes as an author you write something you don't like, but it still resonates with an audience. Clearly the ambiguous ending to King's story did just that.

The most damning point ignored here is that the biggest sin committed by the ending of Darabont's film is
@brucealmighty

Of course King likes it better -- because he couldn't come up with one. But honestly the audience's experience is the priority here. Fans of the King's story generally weren't hip to the movie's ending either. Sometimes as an author you write something you don't like, but it still resonates with an audience. Clearly the ambiguous ending to King's story did just that.

The most damning point ignored here is that the biggest sin committed by the ending of Darabont's film is that it didn't fit the movie that came before it. Had the film been tonally different, that ending would have been fine even if it is cheap manipulation. But here this ending almost feels like a different film, and those characters in the car almost feel like different characters,

The Mist is a film searching for an ending that fits, and the last reel is an ending searching for a movie in which it fits. But the two things did not work cohesively. As I mentioned before, it wasn't earned and the characters behave almost comically out of sync with what came before.
11:52AM on 09/18/2015
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I didn't mean that Night of the Living Dead was about hopelessness. I meant that NotLD was a horror movie through and through, and that horror wasn't just the monsters. You are completely correct, but imagine seeing it for the first time in theaters not knowing it's classic status. The main character survives only to step outside and "BLAM" he was shot in the head by the people who were looking for survivors. I'm sure that pissed off more than a few movie goers in its time.

The
@Bad_Ashe

I didn't mean that Night of the Living Dead was about hopelessness. I meant that NotLD was a horror movie through and through, and that horror wasn't just the monsters. You are completely correct, but imagine seeing it for the first time in theaters not knowing it's classic status. The main character survives only to step outside and "BLAM" he was shot in the head by the people who were looking for survivors. I'm sure that pissed off more than a few movie goers in its time.

The Mist kept showing the consequence of losing hope, giving up. Thomas Jane's character couldn't have had a more fitting punishment than to be rescued.

There was a true story that happened back in the 90s that really bothered me as a kid. Where a husband, wife, and a family dog went on vacation to an isolated cabin in Alaska. They had to be dropped off by plane just to get there. The pilot was supposed to bring them supplies, but completely forgot about them. Stranded with no food, they made the desperate attempt to hike back to town. Well they got caught in a blizzard, and they lost their way. Now they were both lost & starving. They honestly thought that they were going to die. After fighting over it, the husband decided to kill the family dog for food. One hour after killing the dog a helicopter passing by spotted them, and rescued them.

When I was a kid that truly haunted me. To give up like that and do something so horrible out of fear, only to find out what you did was pointless. That if you just held on a little longer everything would have been okay. To find out that giving up wasn't just a mistake, it made you kill something you loved. That is the definition of horror to me.
1:01PM on 09/18/2015
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Sure. I never said it wasn't horrific. As a parent of two very young children, the idea of having to do something like that is truly horrifying. Insanity levels of horrifying. Living with it even more so. Just the concept of your child dying will drive you insane if you think about it too hard.

But the problem is not the horror, but the tone of the horror. That ending belongs in a different movie. Even if it worked thematically, and I'm not convinced it really did, tonally it
@Mr. Moe

Sure. I never said it wasn't horrific. As a parent of two very young children, the idea of having to do something like that is truly horrifying. Insanity levels of horrifying. Living with it even more so. Just the concept of your child dying will drive you insane if you think about it too hard.

But the problem is not the horror, but the tone of the horror. That ending belongs in a different movie. Even if it worked thematically, and I'm not convinced it really did, tonally it didn't gel.

So it was certainly horrific, but I think it was cheap and felt out of place with the rest of the film...particularly the forced irony. Some people I know actually laughed at how comically out of tone it was.

There's a reason Darabont filmed two endings, this one and a "happy" one. It wasn't for the studio. Had it been, they would have used the other one. Darabont knew that both endings were problematic. That's why I think ending it where King ended it, be it lazy or not, would have been the correct call.

The funny thing about true stories or even real life dialogue is that when you put it to page the audience reacts with "that would never happen", or "people don't talk like that." But even if it did and they do, the material is still a tough sell. The Mist never really sold this ending...it didn't earn it.

It was like watching a particularly intense and somewhat graphic episode of the Twilight Zone for 118 minutes, and then in the last 8 minutes it turns into American Horror Story. While there may be a shared theme, the tonal shift is night and day.
2:06PM on 09/18/2015
As a big fan of the short story, I thought the film was a pretty spot-on adaptation that perfectly captured the tone of the book but I wasn't a huge fan of the ending. The concept is soul-crushingly bleak which I love but it was more the execution (no pun intended) that didn't work for me. When Thomas Jane kills everyone in the car, they only HEAR the noises of the creatures. There are none actually even visible on or around the car. The ending would've worked so much better if the car had been
As a big fan of the short story, I thought the film was a pretty spot-on adaptation that perfectly captured the tone of the book but I wasn't a huge fan of the ending. The concept is soul-crushingly bleak which I love but it was more the execution (no pun intended) that didn't work for me. When Thomas Jane kills everyone in the car, they only HEAR the noises of the creatures. There are none actually even visible on or around the car. The ending would've worked so much better if the car had been literally covered in creatures that were breaking their way in and that's when he shoots everybody. The creatures continue to break in and even manage to bite or cut Thomas Jane who is completely overwhelmed and about to die and THEN the rumbling starts and the creatures scatter and that's when we see the tank and the army roll in. That to me would've been much more intense and it would've justified him shooting everybody much more than how it plays out in the movie.
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