This particular Stephen King adaptation has been kicking around Hollywood for awhile. Based on the 1980 novella of the same name, The Mist will be written and directed by Frank Darabont, who of course is no stranger to Stephen King country, having written and directed The Shawshank Redemption and The Green Mile. The big news right now, though, is that Darabont has found his star: Thomas Jane, who also has some of King's blood on his sleeve, having starred in Lawrence Kasdan's film version of Dreamcatcher, as well as the Marvel Comics adaptation The Punisher and, most recently, David Arquette's The Tripper.

While King has branched out into additional genres, The Mist is from what I think of as King's golden age of horror. The novella is pure horror with a Lovecraftian edge, and the prospect of it finally making it to the screen has my dander in an uproar (that's a good thing). King's novella tells the tale of residents of a lakeside community trapped in a grocery store when a thick and unnatural mist engulfs the town following a violent storm. It soon becomes apparent that there are things living in the mist.

"The script is done," Jane told MTV News at the recent premiere of The Tripper. "It has been for a bit now, and it looks like it might be over at Dimension." Jane also discounted rumors that Darabont plans to film in black and white to recall the creature features of the fifties. Personally, I think black and white can be highly effective and this might have been an interesting way to go. No word yet on when filming will start.

[Via Fangoria]
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