Video: When most people think of Stephen King's The Mist, the first thing that comes to mind is the 2007 movie (and its incredibly messed-up ending). But if Spike TV has its way, that will change in June, when The Mist TV show — which just dropped its first trailer — makes its debut.
The Mist is coming. Image: Spike
What you immediately notice is that, unlike King's original short story or the movie, The Mist series isn't relegated to just one setting, which would have been impractical for what the network hopes will be an ongoing series. Instead, several different locations will provide the backdrop for an incident in which a mysterious, sinister mist takes over a quiet little town. Here's the trailer.
That's a very good trailer, with some super creepy visuals and intriguing characters. However, the reason King's story and the 2007 movie worked so well was the sense of isolation and fear of the unknown. In a series, it will certainly be a challenge to keep the audience engaged while also providing enough information and drama to keep things fresh.
We'll find out how it works on June 22 when The Mist debuts on Spike TV in the US. An Australian broadcaster has not been announced.