Viacom hopes to grow the Paramount name the same way Disney does on cable with its own branded channel.
It was first reported late last year that Dimension Television was working on developing a TV series adaptation of Stephen King’s The Mist. Now, while Hulu’s 11.22.63 continues to prove itself as one of the best King adaptations in years, it sounds like The Mist series is finally starting to gain some traction again.
In fact, Spike TV has reportedly ordered a pilot episode for the series, which not only garnered King’s blessing, but will also be taking influences from both his original source material and director Frank Darabont’s 2007 film as well, which starred Thomas Jane in the lead role, surrounded by a lot of future Walking Dead cast members.
Christian Trope is writing the adaptation while his successful show Rita in Denmark is now finishing its fourth season and after a healthy amount of work developing programming at both Showtime and AMC as well.
Bob Weinstein, co-chairman of The Weinstein Company and Dimension films, commented on the news with the following:
“We are excited to be in business with Spike on their first scripted production pilot and working with the very talented Christian Torpe to further explore Stephen King’s classic novella and bring this riveting series to television audiences.”
For those of you not familiar with the film or novel as well, the story follows a small town that gets covered in a seemingly harmless mist, but soon is revealed to contain a large variety of chaos and destruction with it, including other worldly creatures. With the mist surrounding them, the citizens of the town must fight to survive not only the dangers that the mist brings, but also each other.
The story could make for an interesting television series, although it would probably make for some fairly bleak hours of programming, and considering how beloved both the film and the source material are, the series already has some large expectations to live up to. Now to see if its up for the task or not.
The Mist TV Series is currently in development.
Make sure to keep checking back for more updates — right here on GeekNation.
Sprinkled throughout the f-bombs provided by host Samuel L. Jackson, some Vector Monkeys were handed out.
James Marsters spills the beans about working on Buffy the Vampire Slayer and kissing John Barrowman!
Wizard World Philly – yay!
Every fan convention is crazy. They are crazy in different ways from con to con, year to year, and – in Wizard World’s case – one location to the next. Austin, Anaheim, Chicago, and Philadelphia all have something unique to offer. Wizard World Philadelphia Comic Con included events that have never happened before, notably the 20th anniversary Buffyfest and today’s historic gathering of all five Star Trek TV series captains. All five! Never before in the history of the world has Patrick Stewart driven Kate Mulgrew and William Shatner through a room on a cart.
Questions this con could answer:
- How many questions will Avery Brooks could answer with a smile and simple “yes” or “no”?
- Which starship captain seems the most down to earth?
- How many hugs will Thor star Chris Hemsworth give away?
- Can you believe you watched Spartacus stars for a whole hour while they stayed clothed and unbloodied?
- How many Buffy the Vampire villains can walk in the sunlight?
- Which superheroes do more cosplayers dress up as?
- Where can you find better deals on memorabilia like shirts, statues, and toys?
- Which comic book artist chats while drawing an original picture for you and which gets seriously quiet?
- Which celebrities are the nicest in real life?
- Does Stan Lee ever slow down?
I’ve had a great time here and expect great things tomorrow. I’ll tell you some other time about my chat with Stan “the Man.” If you’re reading this after the convention, look up conventions in your area so you can find out what the hubbub is all about. If you’ve been to a Wizard World but not recently, you should try one again. Things have changed.
Now if you’ll excuse me, I have a GeekNation Wizard World party to get to. Heroes are waiting, you know.
Here are a few of my many convention photos.
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