The Weinstein Company’s Dimension Television is developing a TV series based on The Mist, first a Stephen King novella and then a 2007 MGM film directed by Frank Darabont. The project, which Dimension says is moving forward with King’s blessing, is from writer Christian Torpe, who created the Danish series Rita which is now finishing its fourth season.
The series will tell an original story about a seemingly innocuous mist that seeps into a small town but contains limitless havoc. From psychological terrors to otherworldly creatures, the mist causes the town residents’ darkest demons to appear forcing them to battle the supernatural event and, more importantly, each other.
“The terror and drama in Stephen King’s novella are so vast that we felt serialized television is the best place to explore them in greater depth,” said Bob Weinstein, co-chairman The Weinstein Company and Dimension Films. “With this show, Christian has created a fascinating band of characters and a story with infinite scares.”
Dimension TV’s Megan Spanjian, Matthew Signer and Keith Levine will oversee the project.
TWC has been active on the TV front, most recently mining the Toronto Film Festival to pick up U.S. rights to the crime drama Trapped, an Icelandic TV series created by Everest director Baltasar Kormakur. Then today, it revealed that it has come aboard to snag North American rights to Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes’ Doctor Thorne, a three-part drama for ITV.
Torpe is repped by ICM Partners and Principal Entertainment LA.