Spike TV’s ordered up a pilot for The Mist from Dimension Television. The Mist novella was written by Stephen King and is one of the short stories included in his bestselling Skeleton Crew book. The series based on King’s tale will be executive produced by Christian Torpe. There’s no word yet on King’s involvement, if any, in the TV adaptation. The Mist was already made into a feature film released in 2007, written and directed by The Walking Dead‘s Frank Darabont, and starring Thomas Jane, Marcia Gay Harden, Laurie Holden, Toby Jones, and Jeffrey DeMunn.
“We are thrilled to join forces with the incredibly creative Christian Torpe and Dimension Films to develop Stephen King’s enthralling novella to a compelling series unlike anything else on television,” stated Sharon Levy, Executive Vice President, Original Series, Spike.
“We are excited to be in business with Spike on their first scripted production pilot and working with the very talented Christian Torpe to further explore Stephen King’s classic novella and bring this riveting series to television audiences,” added Bob Weinstein, Co-Chairman The Weinstein Company.
The Mist Plot: David Drayton, his son Billy, and their neighbor Brent Norton head to the local grocery store to replenish supplies following a freak storm. Once there, they and other local citizens are trapped by a strange mist that has enveloped the town and in which strange creatures are lurking. As the mist takes its toll on the nerves of those trapped in the store, a religious zealot, Mrs. Carmody begins to play on their fears to convince them that this is God’s vengeance for their sins and that a sacrifice must be made and two groups—those for and those against—are aligned. When it is realized that staying in the store may prove fatal, a small group including the Draytons, store employee Ollie Weeks, Amanda Dumfries, Irene Reppler, and Dan Miller attempt to make their escape. They find that what’s “out there” may be worse than what they left behind.