The Mist TV series poster via IMDB
CAIRO – 23 August 2017: June saw the release of a TV series adaptation for horror master Stephen King's 'The Mist', which is now set to premiere in Netflix later this month.
Released by Spike TV, 'The Mist' adapts King's short story of the same name, about a group of citizens holed inside a supermarket as a strange fog descends upon their town, bringing with it otherworldly monsters. Paranoia and mistrust are their ultimate undoing, however.
Where this new adaptation differs is that it creates new plotlines and characters and expands the settings for a greater scope over 10 hour-long episodes, and also does away with the more obvious monsters in favor of psychological horrors instead.
‘The Mist’ had previously been adapted in 2007 as a feature film, directed by ‘The Walking Dead's’ former show-runner, Frank Darabont. It received mixed reception but was praised for its special effects and twist ending, which wasn't part of the original story.
On the other hand, reception for the latest ‘The Mist’ adaptation has not been too stellar, according to Screenrant, with fans unhappy with the removal of the monsters.
2017 has seen a flood of new adaptations for King's work, from critical and commercial disappointment in ‘The Dark Tower’ to the well-received TV series ‘Mr. Mercedes,’ and a new upcoming film adaptation of King's legendary 'It' novel, set to be released in September.