Stephen King is probably still riding high off the record-breaking success of It: Chapter One at the box office, but one of his TV series hasn’t been quite as lucky.
US channel Spike‘s adaptation of King‘s 1980 novella The Mist has just been axed after a single season on the air due to low viewing figures, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Morgan Spector (Boardwalk Empire), Alyssa Sutherland (Vikings) and Gus Birney (Chicago Med) starred in the sci-fi horror series as residents of a small Maine community besieged by a mist hiding man-eating monsters.
Despite earning mixed to positive reviews from critics, live viewing and DVRs only added up to an average of 800,000 viewers per episode across The Mist‘s first series.
Don’t feel too bad for Stephen King though because he’s currently got a TV adaptation of Mr. Mercedes on the air in the US, Netflix movie Gerald’s Game coming on Friday and the upcoming Castle Rock as well.
The latter is a Hulu anthology horror show that will link characters from throughout King‘s vast literary universe through his fabled fictional town of Castle Rock, Maine.
Another high-profile flop for King this year has been The Dark Tower, the panned would-be blockbuster that was supposed to spin off its own TV series as well.
Earlier this week, the legendary author offered his thoughts on why The Dark Tower movie failed to catch on in the same way as bona fide hit It: Chapter One.
“The major challenge was to do a film based on a series of books that’s really long, about 3,000 pages. The other part of it was the decision to do a PG-13 feature adaptation of books that are extremely violent and deal with violent behaviour in a fairly graphic way,” he explained.
“That was something that had to be overcome, although I’ve gotta say, I thought [screenwriter] Akiva Goldsman did a terrific job in taking a central part of the book and turning it into what I thought was a pretty good movie.”
Luckily, King‘s It: Chapter One is getting a sequel that floats its way into cinemas on September 6, 2019.
via Digital Spy