Meanwhile, whilst you're waiting for this to come out, get yourself a good pair of headphones, sit in a dark, quiet room, and listen to the CD audio-play version - it's recorded with binaural sound - it really is superb.
For as long as I've been running the site, I've been keen to see a film adaptation of my favorite Stephen King story - the novella 'The Mist' from his 'Skeleton Key' collection. Acclaimed filmmaker Frank Darabont has been sitting on the rights for years and planned to make it but has never gotten around to it.
Finally though, it looks like it may be happening. According to Robert McCammon's website, the film version could begin lensing as early as December 2005. Darabont himself was scheduled to adapt McCammon's "Mine" first but that's looking unlikely now.
Frank says "I came close to getting Mine into production this year, but it was a near-miss. I remain committed to making MINE... I'm hoping to get the movie before the cameras at some point in 2006, although it might be later that year rather than earlier. That's because circumstance and opportunity (the planets aligning) might dictate that I direct my adaptation of Stephen King's great horror novella, The Mist, first. If so, I will likely start shooting The Mist this coming December, '05".
Can it be true? Can one of Stephen King's best works FINALLY be getting its time to shine on the screen?
The 1980 novella "The Mist", part of King's "Skeleton Crew" anthology, remains to this day one of my favourite works by the horror master. The story follows residents of a lakeside community trapped in a grocery store when a thick and unnatural mist engulfs the town.
It soon becomes apparent that there are things living in the mist, horrific Lovecraftian style things who'll devour whoever wanders outside. Inside though as fear grips those still alive, it may not prove to be any safer.
Acclaimed "Shawshank Redemption" filmmaker Frank Darabont has had the rights and has often said he plans to make a film of it, yet for years now nothing much has moved on the project.
Then in a surprise revelation, actor Thomas Jane revealed to MTV News over the weekend that he's involved in the project. He says "The script is done. It has been for a bit now, and it looks like it might be over at Dimension".
Jane also discounted rumors that Darabont plans to film in black and white to recall the creature features of the 1950's.
His full press release at AICN sounds great, and I didn't know he'd directed an episode of 'The Shield' - though granted it hasn't been aired yet. He cites that and '28 Days Later' as his influence. So it'll be interesting to see him do a Spielberg Run-and-Gun style rather than his more lethargic, thought out directing.
I always did really enjoy The Mist, if I remember right it's the first story in Skeleton Crew which was one of the earlier king books I read, it'll be cool to see the movie and in the mean time I will certainly give it another read
Frank Darabont On Mist, 451 & Indy
Posted: Wednesday November 8th 2006 1:40am
Author: Garth Franklin
Talking with CHUD, writer/director Frank Darabont ("The Shawshank Redemption", "The Green Mile") talked about his plans for the long-awaited adaptation of Stephen King's "The Mist" as well as other films on his slate.
Darabont confirms that the film will have a similar "fast and furious" paced narrative, and Dimension is letting him make the film as dark as he wants. The story involves a mysterious fog enshrouding a small town, a mist filled with frightening Lovecraftian style monsters.
Most of the action takes place in a supermarket where people have taken refuge and soon the 'mini-society' that forms begins to crumble due to fear and panic.
Darabont says "I've always thought of it as Stephen King's Lord of the Flies, because it's less about the monsters - which are important, certainly. If you're going to do a horror movie you might as well have some really cool monsters - but it's more about the disintegration of civilization in that supermarket, how everything breaks down for those people in there. From that standpoint it's a fascinating story to tell".
Plan is to begin filming 'Mist' in February which could have the film ready by as early as late 2007. Casting began this week.