There’s something that’s been conspicuously absent from the marketing for Spike’s upcoming The Mist series — the monsters. Inspired by the novella from Stephen King, The Mist comes from series creator Christian Torpe, and it’s making more than a few key changes to the story. The series not only translates the brief source material for an episodic narrative with more settings and a bigger cast of characters, it’s updating the material with undercurrents of hot button contemporary issues (sexual identity, date rape). And it sounds like The Mist may be abandoning the B-movie monster elements in favor of a much more loose interpretation of the terrors that await.
Speaking with JoBlo, Torpe cleverly avoided answering the question of what lies within the mist outright, but he did suggest the show would be taking some liberties.
“I don’t want to reveal too much about what we see in there. What I can say is, it is more a show about how people react to what they see than what is actually there. It becomes boring if you know everything that’s in the show, so we were mindful of not going full-blown monster show like the movie did. I still hope we will deliver to the hardcore genre fans.”
Now that’s some fancy footwork that nicely avoids answering the question. It sound like we might see some monsters through the eyes of the characters, but that doesn’t mean they’re actually there. Sounds like we might see some other nightmares in there other than creature creations as well. We’ll find out when The Mist debuts on June 22.