Spike released the first trailer for its 10-episode adaptation of Stephen King’s novella “The Mist,” which is set to premiere in June.
The show follows a small town family that is torn apart by a brutal crime just as a mysterious mist filled with unidentified creatures rolls into town. This cuts them off from the rest of the world and pits the townsfolk against each other.
There’s clearly a lot more going on in the show than in the original novella, which takes place almost completely in a supermarket. The protagonist, David, is trapped there with his son and a number of other town residents as they come to terms with the crisis outside. Some try and formulate a plan to escape, while others — led by religious zealot Mrs. Carmody — are convinced that it’s the end of days.
In the trailer, we see a number of characters and settings new to the story, including a man in military garb who seems trapped alone in the Mist, separated from his group. Mrs. Carmody, however, makes an appearance and still seems to be spouting some religious propaganda.
There was a film version released in 2007 that mostly adapted the events in the novella, but with an alternate ending. In the original story, a group of survivors escape, but find most of the New England area is surrounded by the Mist, and there is little hope for longterm survival. In the film, David shoots the remaining group of survivors before turning the gun on himself. However, before he shoots, the Army arrives and restores order. The original is more open-ended and morbid, but retains some hope. The film, on the other hand, is brutal.
No word on which track the show will take.
“The Mist” stars Morgan Spector, Alyssa Sutherland, Gus Birney, Danica Curcic, Okezie Morro, Luke Cosgrove, Darren Pettie, Russell Posner, Dan Butler, Isaiah Washington, Jr. and Frances Conroy.
“The Mist” premieres on Thursday, June 22 at 10 p.m. on Spike.
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