It's been a while since we've heard anything about Spike TV's upcoming adaptation of Stephen King's The Mist, but all that changed on Friday, when a new round of plot details emerged during the Television Critics Association’s 2017 Winter Press Tour.
“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.”
On top of that, Dread Central's got a breakdown of what that Fargo-like approach might entail:
There will be multiple scattered groups struggling to survive the Mist. Alyssa Sutherland plays a mother who gets trapped in a mall with her daughter and her daughter’s rapist; Morgan Spector plays the father of Sutherland’s daughter, who is stuck in a different location from the rest of his family; Okezie Morro plays a man with amnesia struggling to find allies; and Frances Conroy plays a woman whose ideas regarding the origin of the monstrous Mist will lead to great conflict within her small community of survivors.
So The Mist will tackle a number of storylines across a variety of locations, rather than the single storyline/location from the novella or Frank Darabont's 2007 feature film adaptation (an adaptation, by the way, which more than holds up; you should definitely give that one a rewatch). Sounds good to us!
But what about the ending? Somewhat famously, both King's novella and the Darabont adaptation took wildly different approaches to wrapping things up. How will this new version approach the situation? According to Torpe:
“I personally love… Mr. (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.”
I'm curious about what "we're playing around in that territory" might mean in this context. Does that mean The Mist TV series go ultra-bleak and/or darkly ironic? We won't have to wait long to find out: The Mist hits Spike TV on June 22nd.
We're pretty excited to get a look at this thing. How about you guys?