"The Mist" TV series

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Rrty

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Not sure if this has already been posted, but here is an article at Deadline about The Mist as a TV project.

Stephen King’s ‘The Mist’ Gets TV Pilot Order At Spike | Deadline

Doesn't sound like King had to give his permission for this, but I will ask anyway...is he involved in any capacity? Does he retain financial participation on it? I certainly hope so (not that it would affect him either way, obviously).

I think this could be good, although I am surprised HBO or AMC didn't pick this up. I would have to imagine those channels were in the running and were simply outbid. I bet we will find out more about the Arrowhead (that was the name, I believe) project in the series.
 

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They released the descriptions of the characters. Seems we get all new characters, which would make sense, since we know what happened to the characters in the movie. I'm really interested what sort of show it will be. I hope they go for a more mysterious approach rather than the realistic/survival feel that's popular now because of Walking Dead.
I wonder in which way they gonna expand it, but I understand it's in a mall rather than a supermarket. But still I doubt it will only take place in a mall. And will we see more of the experiments of the military - I was hoping for that in the movie and disappointed it wasn't there - it seems the logical way to expand the story, although there is no description of military characters.

The first (promotional) image looks good. Stephen King’s The Mist TV Show Ordered to Series at Spike

Sorry, there actually is a description of a military character: a soldier with memory loss. Perhaps a way to gradually reveal what happened.
 
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Ehhhhh...I don't see The Mist as a good story for a TV Series. Maybe his other works like the Stand and/or The Dark Tower. In fact, I think Dark Tower would make an amazing HBO T.V Series, especially if they put the type of planning and money into it as they have Game of Thrones.

The last two TV shows based on Kings work...Under the Dome and Haven..went off the rails...really fast after the first and/or second season.
 

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But 11/22/63 was short. The problem seems that they don't know how to keep these things running in an interesting way for a longer time. Under the Dome shows this most clearly: season 1 was excellent, season 2 weaker and season 3 bad. Not every idea is interesting enough or can sustain to run for a longer number of seasons. If 11/22/63 was dragged out over multiple seasons it would probably become weaker too. Another problem I think is that series work with many writers and not all of them are as good, and sometimes showrunners move on to other things and they're the cement that's supposed to keep it together.

I haven't seen Haven fully yet til the end (there are simply too many good series around to keep up with everything), so can't comment on that.
 
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But 11/22/63 was short. The problem seems that they don't know how to keep these things running in an interesting way for a longer time. Under the Dome shows this most clearly: season 1 was excellent, season 2 weaker and season 3 bad. Not every idea is interesting enough or can sustain to run for a longer number of seasons. If 11/22/63 was dragged out over multiple seasons it would probably become weaker too. Another problem I think is that series work with many writers and not all of them are as good, and sometimes showrunners move on to other things and they're the cement that's supposed to keep it together.

I haven't seen Haven fully yet til the end (there are simply too many good series around to keep up with everything), so can't comment on that.

Haven is one of my most favoritest series ever. I loved The Colorado Kid too. I guess Haven is based on The Colorado Kid merely because it used the two newspapermen from the novel. The Colorado Kid didn't really have much of a story to base a tv series on but I thought the series writers did a wonderful job of expanding on the novel. The characters were well developed and the episodes were imaginative. I think the best tv series based on SK stories are the ones like The Mist that don't have conclusive endings.

I think I like the Zoo tv series because the writers took the basic premise of the book and ran with it. Reviews for the book are pretty bad but the series is great :)
 

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There is some potential for the series ..what's been mentioned already ....the creatures we saw wouldn't be easy to deal with, the mist can't be burned away because it's a crossing of parallel earths, so if the military tries to manage the situation, like on the Walking Dead, they may be unable to. I actually think, done right, it could play out for awhile.
 

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This would work well because you could have one episode just about 'Project Arrowhead' and maybe something/somebody stuff's up, just like in the Stand. I think the ending would have to be changed.
 

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I think tv-series work if the characters (and actors) and their arcs are good. You can see that with Walking Dead, the storyline of which is rather repetitive - it's about people forming groups and those groups clashing because of their different approach to survival. But the characters are really great.

I think Haven is good because of the characters too, apart from that it's pretty regular 'people with special powers' stuff we have seen before on shows like X-files. If you can keep the characters and their relationships, their trials and tribulations interesting you can go on forever. Tv doesn't quite have the scope of cinema (apart from Game of Thrones), so it all comes down to the actors.
An even clearer example is Twin Peaks. Yes, there was a central mystery - but what made it unforgettable were the characters with all their peculiarities.
When King-adaptations don't work, it's usually they don't get the characters right - when they're either too dull, too stereotypical (like on his own Maximum Overdrive) or often they're just too much Hollywood-actors. He writes about regular people. when you cast Hollywoodstars already part of his intention is lost - they're too good looking, their personalities are too big. That's what I liked about A Good Marriage - it wasn't great in terms of script, but these were the sort of people I imagine when actually reading the books.
 

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I think that as a series, It has possibilities. For example , what is the dimension of the monster like? is there some kind of intelligent monster or monsters behind what happened at the arrowhead project?
 
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