Speaking at the Television Critics Association’s winter press tour, executive producer Christian Torpe said the network won’t be following King’s story to the letter. In fact, the series will feature new cast of characters in a different setting, all trying to deal with the fallout from the rapidly spreading mist and its inhabitants.
“Internally, we talk about it as doing the ‘Fargo’ approach, where the movie and the TV show is the same, but it’s different," he said. "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.”
Originally published in the 1980 horror anthology “Dark Forces," King's story follows a group of people in Bridgton, Maine, fighting for survival after a blanket of thick mist envelopes the town, bringing with it a plague of bloodthirsty, otherworldly monsters. The novella was adapted into a movie in 2007 by Frank Darabont, the ending of which differed greatly from that of the source material.
According to Dread Central, the television series looks to be taking a similar route, introducing new characters and conflicts in a familiar crisis:
There will be multiple scattered groups struggling to survive the Mist. Alyssa Sutherland plays a mother who gets trapped in a mall with her daughter and her daughter’s rapist; Morgan Spector plays the father of Sutherland’s daughter, who is stuck in a different location from the rest of his family; Okezie Morro plays a man with amnesia struggling to find allies; and Frances Conroy plays a woman whose ideas regarding the origin of the monstrous Mist will lead to great conflict within her small community of survivors.
As for the ending, it sounds as if the network — and King himself — prefer the bleak desperation of the film’s conclusion. Fans of the original novella and the movie won’t have to wait long to find out exactly what that means. “The Mist” premieres June 22 on Spike TV.