Despite CBS’s cancellation of Under the Dome, Dimension Television has looked at the success of MTV’s Scream series and decided to adapt another Stephen King story to the small screen. The Mist (not to be confused with Myst) was adapted as a film in 2007 by The Walking Dead‘s Frank Darabont, but King has given this new incarnation his blessing, according to a press release.
The Mist TV series will come from Christian Torpe, creator of a successful Danish series called Rita (Danish series are all the rage now). Torpe has also developed programing for Showtime and AMC, and hopefully, will not make the same mistakes that Under the Dome did when it comes to TV adaptations of King’s work.
The press release notes that the TV series will use both the book and the 2007 as inspiration, with a story that revolves around,
… a seemingly innocuous mist that seeps into a small town but contains limitless havoc. From psychological terrors to otherworldly creatures, the mist causes the town residents’ darkest demons to appear forcing them to battle the supernatural event and, more importantly, each other.
Bob Weinstein, co-chairman The Weinstein Company and Dimension Films said of the show,
The terror and drama in Stephen King’s novella are so vast that we felt serialized television is the best place to explore them in greater depth. With this show, Christian has created a fascinating band of characters and a story with infinite scares.
There’s no word yet on where the series might go, or who it might be looking to cast — these are the earliest of early stages. But Scream has been a success for MTV, and Torpe’s Rita just completed its fourth season, so this combination could prove fruitful for whoever ends up snagging it.