Spike will be getting its first original scripted program.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the cable network has ordered The Mist to series. The project is based off of the 1980 Stephen King story of the same name. This marks a notably quick pre- production process for the series. Just two months ago it was ordered to pilot, and based off the script and pitch alone, Spike preemptively ordered a 10 episode season. Danish screenwriter Christian Torpe (Rita) will write and executive- produce the series.
“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,” Executive Vice President of Original Series for Spike Sharon Levy said.
The series will be produced by Dimension Television, a division of The Weinstein Company. Bob Weinstein expressed similar enthusiasm for the project.“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.”
King’s story first debuted in the horror anthology book Dark Forces, which also featured stories by Ray Bradbury Joyce Carol Oates, and was later released as a novella. It tells the tale of an otherworldly mist that covers- you guessed it- a small town in Maine and hides mist-erious monsters (sorry). It was made into a feature film by Frank Darabont in 2007, making it the director’s third adaptation of King after The Shawshank Redemption and The Green Mile. That iteration featured Thomas Jane, Laurie Holden’s audition tape for Darabont’s later project The Walking Dead, and dated CGI technology.
The Mist is now primed to be Spike’s first original scripted drama after previous project Red Mars was put on hold due to showrunner Peter Noah’s exit. Red Mars was based on the best- selling book series by Kim Stanley Robinson. The network assured that they will continue to develop the project about astronauts charged with the task of terraforming Mars for human habitation. “The Red Mars trilogy is one of the most beloved modern-science-fiction properties, in part because of its tremendous scope and ambition. We are pausing to ensure we get the script right and to deliver fans what they want — a fantastic show that fully captures the spirit of these wonderful books,” the network said in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter.