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Wednesday
Apr122017

There's Something on Spike TV: "The Mist"

Robert here! It looks like the poor citizens of Maine are once again at the mercy of supernatural horrors as Stephen King's The Mist is being adapted into a miniseries for Spike TV. The new trailer dropped yesterday and it looks like this adaptation has it all: creepy priests, commentary on the decline of western consumerism, Frances Conroy, and even a same-sex kiss (that doesn't turn out so well :/).

All of that being said, as much as The Mist is perfect fodder for the miniseries treatment, I'm left feeling a little apprehensive by the current prospects of this one...

Part of that might be because there are sky high expectations due to the amazing feature film adaptation written and directed by Frank Darabont from 2007. Early reports about the miniseries suggested that Darabont helped develop the project, but as of now his name doesn't appeared attached to the final product in any way.

Darabont's The Mist was everything that a good Stephen King adaptation should, which is notable because so few are. It used the original premise – a small town in Maine that is covered by a mysterious mist which seems to have supernatural properties – to full effect and worked within the confines of the original story while also making smart adjustments to better suit the format and modern setting. It was thoughtful, beautifully filmed, featured an amazingly unhinged performance by Oscar winner Marcia Gay Harden and most importantly, it was scary. Darabont even added his own twist ending which was controversial but definitely a strong choice.

With so much to work with, let's hope this new adaptation doesn't either try to do too much with what is already a great premise, or play it safe and deliver just another OK monster show. If done well, The Mist miniseries could be a perfect bit of summer entertainment, and either way we'll be watching when it premieres on June 22nd. 

Are you hyped for The Mist? Do you have fond memories of the original film? And what do we think of the prospect of Spike TV original miniseries'?

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The film was great, so I'd rather just rewatch that (which I do, occasionally).

April 12, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterScottC

I'm excited to see my (danish) countryman, Danica Curcic, in her first english language project.
She's great in her native language - hopefully she's just as good in the english language.
Maybe she'll be the next big danish export!

April 12, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterUlrich

The Mist is an outstanding film and certainly, there's enough room for a series here...yeah, count me in.

By the way, I prefer both The Mist and The Green Mile, to The Shawshank Redemption, which is another outstanding film but frankly overrated given its status at IMDB as the best movie of all time...

April 12, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterJesus Alonso

Netflix already bought the rights for this series

April 12, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterTheBoyFromBrazil

I'm not sure I'll watch because the movie terrified me! Twice! Marcia Gay Harden was amazing. Frances Conroy seems like a good substitute.

April 12, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterPeggy Sue

Frances Conroy is a total YES anytime anywhere

April 13, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterCraver

Any project that is smart enough to use Frances Conroy is a yes.

Also, according to Flavorpill, this is based on King's story but then also develops it in new ways.

April 13, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterDJDeeJay

IT's, I mean, it's King, so I'm in.

April 14, 2017 | Unregistered Commenterforever1267

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