Stephen King has published numerous short stories and novellas in his life, and one of the most famous was that of “The Mist”. The project has previously been adapted to the screen with the 2007 feature from director Frank Darabont.
That film divided fans of the work. In what was a bleak story, the original novella boasted an open, ambiguous and quiet ending akin to Hitchcock’s “The Birds” – a brief glimpse of hope in an otherwise grim tale.
The film adaptation was extremely loyal to the book up until the last five minutes when Darabont pulled off a completely different ending, one much darker and seemed a bit of a cheat – super bleak just for the sake of being super bleak.
King himself professed publicly he prefers Darabont’s darker and more depressing ending, but King also famously preferred “The Shining” mini-series over the famed Kubrick film so make of that what you will.
Another who prefers the darker take is executive producer Christian Torpe who is working on the upcoming TV series adaptation of “The Mist” for Spike TV Speaking with TV Guide, Torpe revealed the ending of his show will be more akin to the film:
“I personally love Mr. [Frank 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.”
“The Mist” TV series is changing things up though in that it will take the basic premise and small town paranoia themes of the original work and center it around a group of original characters and storylines:
“Let’s call it a reimagination. 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.”
Alyssa Sutherland, Morgan Spector, Okezie Morro and Frances Conroy star in the new series which premieres on Spike TV sometime in 2017.