Spike TV has ordered a pilot for a TV series based on master horror-thriller writer Stephen King’s novella, “The Mist.” Dimension Television will produce the project.
King’s 1980 book tells the story of a group of Maine residents trapped in a grocery store after a mysterious mist full of otherworldly monsters blanketed the town.
Dimension Films previously adapted the best-selling book into a 2007 film of the same name by director Frank Darabont that starred actor Thomas Jane, Marcia Gay Harden, among others. The film made $57 million (about AUD 78.7 million). Dimension has also previously adapted its “Scream” film series for MTV, which is now in production for Season 2.
Entertainment Weekly (EW) reports that Spike executive Sharon Levy pledged “The Mist” would be a “compelling series unlike anything else on television.” Writer-producer Christian Torpe, creator of the Danish TV series “Rita,” will serve as executive producer.
“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,” said Sharon Levy, Spike’s executive vice president for original series, quotes The Hollywood Reporter (THR).
Deadline notes that Spike is pushing forward its expansion model. “The Mist” will be the second scripted series since “Tut,” its first scripted project that debuted eight years ago. Now, Spike is planning to continue to explore both the pilot and straight-to-series development routes.
“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,” said Bob Weinstein, co-chairman of Dimension TV’s parent company, The Weinstein Company.
Deadline reports that Megan Spanjian, vice president of Scripted TV, brought the project to Torpe and will oversee the project for Dimension TV along with Matthew Signer, the EVP Production and Creative Affairs, and Keith Levine, SVP Production and Development.
Other adaptations of Stephen King’s works in development are the time-travel thriller “11.22.63” by Hulu, and “The Stand” and “Revival,” by director Josh Boone.