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The Mist
  • Frank Darabont talks about The Mist



    In part:



    "I am at this very moment writing the adaptation of THE MIST," Darabont tells Fango. The novella, featured in King's SKELETON CREW collection, concerns a group of strangers trapped inside a supermarket by a bevy of giant monsters that arrive in an unworldly fog. The story has been a favorite of fans for nearly two decades, including Darabont. "Depending on a few factors, it may well be the next movie I direct, possibly next year," he says. "Finally, my low-budget monster flick! And no, it will not be for television. There's been some confusion out there in geek land about that."
  • Can't wait to see this one :)
  • It is on my radar as well!
  • Darabont is also attached to FAHRENHEIT 451 and the adaptation of MINE (Robert McCammon), so it all depends what happens to those. One of them might get in the way of THE MIST.
  • Out of McCammon adaptations, I always fancied "They Thirst" or "Boy's Life" as movies; I read "Mine" along time ago, and will at some point check out the movie.
  • From www.stephenking.com today, quoting Frank Darabont:



    "Tell all enquiring minds that I’m mere weeks out from finishing. Tell them also that the death of Norm the bag boy is the most appalling and outrageous screen death ever...bwa-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha!"
  • Frank Darabont said:



    THE MIST is a very scary and memorable story, one of Steve's best "muscular" short pieces, with characters in the kind of pressure-cooker environment that nobody writes as well as King. I intend to be faithful to the material, so I think the movie will be good



    ...



    "Whether it's a studio picture or not, I want to go with a very gritty, low-budget indie approach. Big-budget gloss would work against the material, plus I'm excited about trying my hand at a more seat-of-the-pants filmmaking approach on this one than I've used in the past...I'll use whatever approach works best, I want to go as old-school as possible with the effects. It's a rather old-school story anyway; it feels like a movie that might have been made in the '50s. The thing to bear in mind about THE MIST is that you don't actually see that much as King wrote it; it's the stuff you don't see that scares you, sort of like in JAWS. I want to maintain the tension of King's story rather than overload the screen with CGI monsters".



    Sounds like the perfect director to me!! This will be amazing. I just wish imdb would update thier site with the movie information!
  • Since this hasn't progressed beyond the script stage, I can see why IMDB hasn't listed it yet. No studio, no cast, no money, etc...



    Yet.
  • I hope this sees the light of day. It would also provide the basis for a TV series.
  • In a movie round-up article at MTV, Thomas Jane (Dreamcatcher) says, "Frank Darabont and I are supposed to be doing Stephen King's The Mist."



    No schedule or anything, but it's the first indication that someone beyond Darabont is attached to the project.
  • Great news - The Mist is moving forward. Bad news - Thomas Jane attached to the project - not a big fan.
  • From Fangoria:



    Fango was there to grill [Thomas Jane] for some more specifics about THE MIST. “The script is done,” he tells us. “It has been for a bit now, and it looks like it might be over at Dimension—so there’s your scoop!” Asked if Darabont plans to lens the film in black and white (an approach that it was rumored he would take at one time, to recall the creature features of the ’50s), Jane says, “Nah, this is gonna be all-color and pretty amazing. I can’t wait.”
  • 'The Shawshank Redemption' and 'The Green Mile' director Frank Darabont has announced that he is bringing another Stephen King story to the big screen.



    Variety reports that Darabont will direct his own adaptation of King's novella 'The Mist'.



    Commenting, Darabont said: "It's a project Stephen King and I have been talking about doing for almost 20 years now. In fact, it almost was my first directing project many years ago, but I went classy and did 'The Shawshank Redemption' instead. It's time to get down and dirty and make a nasty little character-driven gut-punch horror movie."



    The plan is for production to begin in the spring.



    >> Source


  • Dimension co-chairman Bob Weinstein and production president Richard Saperstein have set a spring production start for the film, which Darabont will produce with Castle Rock's Martin Shafer and Liz Glotzer. The latter steered "Shawshank Redemption" and "The Green Mile."



    Weinstein cited that dual fright dynamic as his prime attraction to the project.



    "I'm a fan of films like 'Saw,' 'Wolf Creek' and 'Hostel,' but when I started Dimension, Stephen King and his ability to create real character-based thrills in 'Misery,' 'Carrie' and 'The Shining' was an inspiration for the kind of films I wanted to make," Weinstein said. "This is a great opportunity to get one of those classic properties and to work with Frank, who handles Stephen's work so well."



    Weinstein now has three films based on King fiction. Dimension has wrapped "1408," based on King's short story, with Samuel L. Jackson and John Cusack starring. "Hostel" helmer Eli Roth is working on an adaptation of "Cell," King's bestseller about a cell phone signal that makes zombies of everyone gabbing on mobiles at a particular cataclysmic moment in time.
  • Here's hoping that these projects all turn out well. I have a feeling 1408 could be the sleeper hit among the three.
  • From Ain't It Cool News



    Quote from Frank Darabont



    "Doing THE MIST is a delight for me on a number of levels. For starters, I've always loved horror as a genre. Not so much the slasher thing, that got tired very quickly in my view, but from my earliest recollection I grew up loving movies that sought to scare the crap out of me, starting with the classic Universal monsters. Well, of course, that love of the genre is what led me to Stephen King's works in the first place, isn't it? So it's time to repay that debt and try to scare the crap out of an audience myself. With Steve's great story, and a little luck, I'm hoping to do just that.



    “Another reason is, it's a project Stephen King and I have been talking about doing for almost twenty years now, since I first got to know and become friends with the man. In fact, it almost was my first directing project many years ago, but I went classy and did THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION instead. But THE MIST never went away; it's been lurking out there calling my name for a long, long time...and it's time to answer the call; it's time to get down and dirty and make a nasty little character-driven gut-punch horror movie. It's one of Stephen King's most legendary shorter works, very well known by his fans. Marsha in King’s office tells me it's the number one question asked by his fans when they write to his website (which she runs): when's THE MIST going to be made as a film? Well, I've always wanted to make my low-budget horror movie, so here we go. In a very real sense, I have to thank Danny Boyle, a man I've never met, but whose example in making 28 DAYS LATER really encouraged me. I saw that film, loved it, and thought: Well, why the hell not? Why not go make your scary little movie, shoot it fast, have some fun?



    “That segues to the final reason I'm so looking forward to doing this. In a sense, doing a film like THE MIST is like putting myself into film school and learning a whole new approach to what I do. I had a foretaste of that earlier this year when I had the privilege of directing an episode of THE SHIELD for my friend Shawn Ryan. It was a seven-day shoot, fast-fast-fast, and I have to say there was something wildly liberating about shooting that way...it was an opportunity to put aside my reverence for Kubrickian elegance for a moment (and the painstaking approach it entails) and shoot fast and loose instead, do a real seat-of-the-pants style that embraces the ragged edges as virtues instead of avoiding them as sins. I'd say that if directing something like THE GREEN MILE is the equivalent of conducting a huge symphony orchestra playing Beethoven's Ninth in perfect tune, then directing something like THE SHIELD is the equivalent of jumping up on a small stage and playing with a small jazz combo and not caring if you miss a few notes -- in fact, missing some notes is kind of the point, isn't it? I want to take what I learned doing THE SHIELD and apply it to a feature film, and THE MIST is the perfect venue for that kind of in-your-face, in-the-moment energy. So one might say that if I've been going to film school this year, and if THE SHIELD was my mid-term, then THE MIST will be my class thesis. I can always go back to being the elegant guy later.”
  • Interview with Darabont at CHUD



    Will you be changing the setting of The Mist to a prison, so you can go for the Stephen King prison hat trick?



    Darabont: [laughs] Well, you know, when you think about it, that supermarket does become kind of a prison. Maybe I’m drawn to those enclosed, pressure-cooker stories of Steve’s!



    The Mist is a novella, but it reads very fast.



    Darabont: It gallops along, doesn’t it? The movie will as well; there’s not going to be the same kind of pace that either Shawshank or Green Mile had. It doesn’t warrant it or call for it. It’ll be a pretty fast and furious narrative, really. And I’m certain the shortest film I’ve made to date.



    And very different from any of the other movies you’ve directed – it’s much more of a standard horror film than any of your other movies.



    Darabont: Absolutely. But thankfully there’s a core, that wonderful array of Stephen King characters, which is his strength. There’s a lot of meat there for the actors and the director.



    I’ve always thought of it as Stephen King’s Lord of the Flies, because it’s less about the monsters – which are important, certainly. If you’re going to do a horror movie you might as well have some really cool monsters – but it’s more about the disintegration of civilization in that supermarket, how everything breaks down for those people in there. From that standpoint it’s a fascinating story to tell.



    Where does The Mist put Fahrenheit 451? Is it not happening, or happening later?



    Darabont: While I’m doing The Mist – which is going to be a really quick project; it’s very low budget, very fast, not unlike what Danny Boyle did in 28 Days Later, which I found very inspiring in terms of, hell, just go out and make a movie and have fun with it –



    Are you going to shoot it on DV or on film?



    Darabont: Still working out those details, actually. I think on film, but with a few little tricks up my sleeve.



    But while I’m doing this process, I’m going to be keeping my eye on the ball of Fahrenheit 451. I’m going to be doing a lot of long range prep work on that while I’m making The Mist. That’s hopefully going to go next right after Mist is done.



    What’s the timeline on The Mist?



    Darabont: It’s going to be fast and furious, pal. I just started prepping and we’re going to be shooting maybe February. When I say fast, I ain’t kidding around.



    Has casting started?



    Darabont: We’re starting casting right now; we’re starting this week. We’re starting to get out there and look around and see who’s out there and who’s available.



    Dimension is going to let you do a grown up version of The Mist? They’re not going to make you fill the film with teeny bopper actors from TV shows?



    Darabont: I think they’re legitimately really super excited about this. Unlike some other folks I have spoken to, they’re really embracing the darker and edgier choices. Bob Weinstein is being tremendously supportive, and that makes me very happy.



    Fahrenheit 451 almost doesn’t need to be modernized – except that maybe the whole idea of books as the source of information is becoming outdated.



    Darabont: The thing about all this technology is that there isn’t any of it that can’t be monitored and controlled. When people say that books will no longer be relevant in the future, that’s ludicrous to me because it’s the only place you’ll be able to hide anything. Will you be able to hide it in your computer? If things keep going the way they are, all of that will be analyzed, scanned and controlled. You’re not going to be able to use this technology to hide things. So where do you hide things? In the pages of the book. And as Bradbury’s great, poetic point is, the ultimate hiding place is in the human mind. To me that’s about as timeless and relevant as any statement you can make.



    Look for the full interview next week, where we talk about Darbont's disappointment with how his script for Branagh's Frankenstein was treated, his thoughts on screenwriters in the Hollywood foodchain, and his big praise for Pan's Labyrinth.
  • Thomas Jane, best known to comic fans as The Punisher, is set to star in the film adaptation of Stephen King's The Mist. King expert Frank Darabont (The Shawshank Redemption, The Green Mile) is directing the film.



    "I have an e-mail from Frank right here," Jane told UGO this week. "Why don't we open it and see what's going on with The Mist? He says that he just heard my deal closed today and he's happy and looking forward to working with me."
  • Ouch. :-/



    Worried about The Mist now to say the least. Thomas Jane just seems to have bad project karma. Everthing he has been is problematic in one respect or another. The frustration is that each of these projects has a glimmer of brilliance in it drowned out by ineptitude elsewhere. I actually like Jane, hard to tell I know, but his attachment to The Mist is bad mojo from my perspective.



    Good luck to Darabont, he's gonna need it.
  • Darabont has had a fairly keen eye so far for casting. The character of David in the Mist is the story anchor, but much of the interesting action takes place with him only as a witness. All the role requires is someone solid, I think. I'll be more interested to see who plays the next door neighbor, and Mrs. Carmody.
  • Bev, I agree with your analysis of the David character and Darabont's casting eye. I just hope the two can overcome Jane's bad mojo! As I said, I like him as an actor and will keep my fingers crossed that this time he can get a well deserved break.
  • The Mist is rolling in. Writer-director Frank Darabont's adaptation of the Stephen King tale is reportedly slated to commence filming February 20 for a tentative November 21 release.



    The film, which will star Thomas Jane, is also lining up some behind-the-scenes talent. Fangoria.com reports that "famed monster house KNB EFX is on board to handle all of the creaturefest's practical FX, with the company's Greg Nicotero also serving as the film's 2nd-unit director."
  • A horror movie based on a Stephen King short story will begin shooting in Shreveport on or around Feb. 20.



    “The Mist” will be directed by Frank Darabont. He made “The Green Mile” and “The Shawshank Redemption,” which also were based on works by King.



    The movie will star Thomas Jane, whose previous work includes “The Punisher,” “61*” and “Deep Blue Sea.”



    It is being produced by Dimension Films, part of The Weinstein Company. News of “The Mist” being made in Shreveport was confirmed by Weinstein spokesperson Liz Biber.



    The majority of it will be shot in StageWorks of Louisiana, a soundstage and movie production facility in downtown Shreveport.



    “Having just completed an extensive renovation, StageWorks is very excited to have a high-profile production like ‘The Mist’ utilize the facility,” said Mike Moorhead, StageWork’s managing partner. “This particular project has a large and very elaborate set design, and we feel like the size and amenities offered by the StageWorks facility played an important role in attracting the project to Shreveport.”



    King’s story is about a town in Maine enveloped by a supernatural mist. Mysterious creatures begin attacking humans. A small group of people get trapped in a supermarket and fight to defend themselves and their sanity.



    “We’re real excited about it. We’ve been working with them for several months now, helping them identify locations,” said Arlena Acree, director of film, media and entertainment for the city of Shreveport. Her office continues to field requests from production companies exploring opportunities to shoot here.



    Two other films are slated to begin shooting next week: the sequel to “Harold & Kumar” starring Kal Penn and John Cho and “The Last Lullaby” directed by Shreveporter Jeffrey Goodman.



    “The Cleaner,” starring Samuel L. Jackson and produced by Millennium Films, is scheduled to begin before the end of the month.



    Production of “Microwave Park” has been postponed, but Millennium expects to make the feature here this year.



    Since October 2005, 14 film and TV projects have been shot in northwest Louisiana, including a dozen in Shreveport and Bossier City.
  • Note: Andre Braugher was also in Salem's Lot (2004)



    Andre Braugher and Laurie Holden are joining Thomas Jane in The Mist, Dimension Films' adaptation of the Stephen King story being directed by Frank Darabont, who also produces.



    The script, written by Darabont, is set after a strange storm blows through a Maine town and its citizens are attacked by deadly creatures. A group of townfolks barricade themselves in a supermarket and struggle for survival.



    "(Holden) was my leading lady in 'The Majestic,' and she is stupendous, talented and gorgeous," Darabont told The Hollywood Reporter. "She plays a very key role as one the people trapped in this existential Stephen King nightmare. On the good side of the aisle, she is the female lead of the movie."



    "(Braugher) is Thomas Jane's neighbor, a high-powered attorney who has a weekend house in Maine. They have more of an adversarial relationship," Darabont added.



    Shooting is scheduled to begin in mid- to late February in Shreveport, La.
  • I love Darabont, not only because he makes great adaptations of Stephen King's literature, but along with that he's also living proof that Stephen King is entirely adaptable when one of his adaptations is put into the hands of someone in his directorial leauge.



    It's good to hear that he's stuck through the project - I'm excited to see the results!
  • Lilja reports the following additions to the cast:



    Frances Sternhagen (Misery)

    Alexa Davalos

    Sam Witwer

    Bill Sadler (The Shawshank Redemption and The Green Mile)

    Jeff DeMunn (The Shawshank Redemption and The Green Mile)

    Brian Libby (the prisoner in The Woman in the Room)
  • Woohoo!



    Bill Sadler and Jeffery DeMunn - love it! and Sternhagen too - wonder if she plays the old lady who goes all religious?



    He has rounded up a great cast.
  • Frances Sternhagen also played in Golden Years and Jeff DeMunn was also in Storm Of The Century.
  • There is now a long interview with Frank Darabont on my site for anyone that is interested.



    Lilja

    www.Liljas-Library.com
  • Marcia Gay Harden and Toby Jones have disappeared into "The Mist," Dimension Films' adaptation of a Stephen King story being helmed by Frank Darabont, who also will produce.



    The script, written by Darabont, is set after a strange storm blows through a Maine town and its citizens are attacked by deadly creatures. A group of townfolks barricade themselves in a supermarket and struggle for survival. Thomas Jane, Andre Braugher, Laurie Holden and Amin Joseph already have been cast.



    Harden will play Mrs. Carmody, an outspoken and ultimately divisive member of the trapped group; Jones will play Ollie, a mild-mannered supermarket manager who is forced to take heroic measures to save his life and the lives of others.



    Shooting begins this week in Louisiana. Castle Rock will produce along with Dimension.



    Harden won an Academy Award for her work in 2000's "Pollock" and was Oscar-nominated for 2003's "Mystic River." She will next be seen in "The Invisible," directed by David Goyer, and recently completed production on Paramount Vantage's "Into the Wild," directed by Sean Penn.



    British actor Jones played Truman Capote in last year's "Infamous."
  • Darabont has rounded up a good cast. The results should be interesting.
  • I am plooking forward to this movie - always did love the story!



    Bit of trivia - the audio version of The Mist, not just read by one person but acted out by several was recorded in upstate New York mostly in a high school gymnasium in Fort Edward, NY. I grew up about three miles from that school! I only know this as I was being anal and listened to the credits at the end of the audio and at first I heard Adirondack and then Fort Edward. That part of NY is called The Adirondacks!



    I know boring to most, but I thought it pretty cool that it was done there. Where was I at the time - off in the US Marine Corps somewhere!
  • I think the casting of Hardin as Mrs. Carmody is interesting. I was thinking based on earlier casting that it would be Frances Sternhagen.
  • I just spoke to Frank and he says that Sternhagen is still in the movie and she is playing Irene.



    Lilja
  • Quint reports from the set. Day 1
  • Quint reports from the set: Day 2
  • Quint reports from the set: Day 3 & Day 4 (with photos)
  • Frank Darabont will provide fans with news about THE MIST at the next West Coast edition of FANGORIA’s Weekend of Horrors convention, May 18-20, 2007 at Burbank’s Marriott Airport Hilton.
  • 'A bad day at the market' is fun for creators of 'The Mist'



    By the way, I'm about to leave for my second day on the set of The Mist -- I'll have reports after I get back home!
  • A video blog from the set of The Mist at Jo-Blo
  • I'm back from Shreveport, and my mind is absolutely reeling with all that I've seen in the past two days. Now I just have to figure out how to write it up in some coherhent way. Stay tuned!
  • Here's a brief summary of my visit. Very brief!



    The supermarket set is very cool--I almost did my weekly grocery run while I was there, except the bread that's been on the shelves since the beginning of the shoot in late February is looking very green around the gills. I'm sure the cure for a dozen diseases is growing on the stuff on the bottom shelf.



    The film is shooting almost chronologically. The days we were there, Mrs. Carmody was whipping the crowd into a frenzy and Private Jessup was made the scapegoat for the mist. I wasn't sure about Marcia Gay Harden as Mrs. C because she in no way fits the character as described in the novella, but she will make a true believer out of people. She even had the crew whispering Hallelujah at the end of some of her diatribes.



    Yesterday they did some mob scene shots and brought in a crane for some overheads in the grocery store, which was interesting to see. It was my first time on a film set, so seeing how everything worked was a real eye-opener for me.



    They're shooting on a very fast schedule, 40-something days. Two cameras running almost constantly on the same shot, plus some second unit stuff or SFX work. Very long days on the set, too, six days a week. They're only a little bit behind schedule, with maybe 10 or 15 days left until they wrap.



    I got the chance to formally interview Marcia Gay Harden, Toby Jones (Capote in Infamous) and Thomas Jane, as well as chitchat with many of the others: Frances Sternhagen, Bill Sadler, Jeffrey De Munn, etc. I'll be doing some articles on the film for Rue Morgue magazine, though I'm not sure what and when yet.



    I was also pleased to meet David J. Schow, who was hanging around the set at Darabont's invitation. He spirited us away to the KnB headquarters so we could spend some time with the SFX folks and see all the cool monsters they've made for the movie. I've read Schow since Kill Riff and we know a lot of the same people via NECON, but I've never met him before. Helluva great guy, and he has a story for every occasion. He and I will be published together for the first time in A DARK AND DEADLY VALLEY.



    I've got pages and pages of notes and hours of audio recordings, so it's going to take me a while to write about this on my Live Journal, but stay tuned for more if you're interested. We weren't allowed to take any photos on the sets, but the publicist will be sending me some for my various articles.



    P.S. My traveling companions were Rich Chizmar (Cemetery Dance) and actor Johnathan Schaech, by the way.
  • Here is a longer recollection of my set visit. I have to turn in a 600-word journalistic report to Rue Morgue sometime in the next few days.
  • Awesome Bev! Thanks for sharing! I would have easily given up a pound of flesh to have visited the set!!
  • I was afraid I'd gained a pound or two of flesh after the good meals they fed us on set!
  • Great - then I would have come out ahead! ;)




  • Chris Hewitt, me, Johnathan Schaech and Richard Chizmar in the KNB EFX monster shop at the set of The Mist. Photo by David J. Schow.
  • Quint of AICN returns for his second set visit. Here is Part 1 of 3.



    Yeecch - spider eggs!
  • Love the handprints on the store doors. Those weren't there a few days ago, but they were shooting the scene that led up to them being there just as I was leaving. Poor Private Jessup.



    The "video village" he mentions is the corner where the director and his monitors are located. I was intrigued to discover that Darabont wasn't within eyeshot of the actors. He was usually several grocery aisles away, watching the dual action on two monitors from two cameras. It's a mobile station because they have to be able to easily move his location in case that part of the store falls into the shot.



    They were still dressing the inside of the pharmacy when we were there, but all the corpses were in place. It's a creepy set!

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