Thursday, April 14, 2016

Spike Orders 10 Episodes of Adaptation of Stephen King's 'The Mist'

Nearly two months after the cable network ordered the project to pilot, Spike has given a straight-to-series order of 10 episodes to a dramatic adaptation of Stephen King's The Mist. Production will begin this summer for a 2017 premiere.

Based on the novel by Stephen King, The Mist centers on a seemingly innocuous mist that seeps into a small town and subsequently creates havor.

The series adaptation is being written by Christian Torpe. Dimension Television will produce. Additional executive producers include Megan Spanjian, Matthew Signer, Keith Levine, Ted Gold, Lauren Ruggiero and Sharon Levy.

"Christian and the entire team at The Weinstein Co.-Dimension TV have crafted the framework for a compelling and distinctive series that will resonate with Spike's expanding audience," said Sharon Levy, Executive Vice President of Original Series, Spike."

Despite being ordered to pilot in February, no cast has been set for the adaptation. Insiders claim the network was very impressed with the series pitch and script that they instead decided to move forward with 10 episodes. This move comes on the heels of Spike struggling to break through in scripted programming. The network had a successful launch for miniseries Tut last summer. Since then, the network has picked up two dramas with straight-to-series orders - Harvest which was scrapped a few months later and Red Mars which is looking for a new showrunner. So now, The Mist will serve as Spike's first official scripted drama series.