Andre Braugher & Laurie Holden risk bad hair days in THE MIST
Hey folks, Harry here... Frank Darabont's script of Stephen King's THE MIST - is simply one of the most fun and nightmarishly good times to read - and as I see Frank beginning to fill out his cast... Let's see, he began with Thomas Jane, who has a knack of getting better with nearly every role. Then today, he announced to Hollywood Reporter that he has Andre Braugher and Laurie Holden coming aboard... well, that's just showing that he's putting together a very smart cast. He's going to be shooting in Shreveport, La around the middle of February - and if I can, I'm gonna try my best to get on this set. Last Darabont set I got on, was THE GREEN MILE - and it was a wonderful set to visit. Here, he's got a completely different type of King flick on his hands, and I can't wait to see how Frank handles it. Can't wait to see this film!
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Jan. 26, 2007, 1:15 a.m. CST
I think The Green Mile is underrated and delivers the dramatic goods. It's good to hear Darabont is still going strong. Harry, I hope you get to visit the set and deliver the goods by reporting on it.
Jan. 26, 2007, 1:14 a.m. CST
I've been waiting for this since i was in 7th grade and read Skeleton Crew on a car ride from Kiowa, South Carolina back to Connecticut where my dad lived...and that it's in Frank Darabont's hands is spectactular...
Jan. 26, 2007, 1:14 a.m. CST
I couldn't resist
Jan. 26, 2007, 1:36 a.m. CST
I think there's a Diane Keaton/Queen Latifa moving filming in Shreveport too.
Jan. 26, 2007, 1:53 a.m. CST
Adaptations The Mist was adapted into a text-based computer game. The Mist was an inspiration for the computer game Half-Life. Possibly drawing inspiration from "The Mist," the video game series Silent Hill prominently features a mist-shrouded town teeming with dangerous creatures. The Silent Hill movie also features survivors held up in a church, led by another zealot, who believe themselves to be waiting for the rapture. There are many other Stephen King references in the Silent Hill video games. The Mist was also adapted into a full-cast audio dramatization, which utilized the Kunstkopf method for 3-dimensional sound. The audio dramatization was released on audio cassette and CD.
Jan. 26, 2007, 2:20 a.m. CST
Great tax incentives. Darabont will make this look good. I read the script last year and its great.
Jan. 26, 2007, 2:38 a.m. CST
Rape Frank Darabont up his naive pooper, that is. This won't come out until 2011 and by then it will run 59 minutes and be scored by The RZA.
Jan. 26, 2007, 3:06 a.m. CST
Still waiting on a really good cinematic version of Firestarter, The Stand and The Shining. Thank you.
Jan. 26, 2007, 3:36 a.m. CST
With Darabont at the reigns, this is one I can honestly look forward to. Sure to be a delight, whether he sticks close to King's original novella or shakes things up a bit. Rarer and rarer to be able to put full faith in projects like these.... Hope it turns out to be a great flick!!
Jan. 26, 2007, 3:39 a.m. CST
Cuz if so, that's fucking PERFECT casting. If they do this right, The Mist will be something we haven't seen since the like of Carrie and The Shining: a damn good horror film adaptation! (No, I don't count Shawshank because great as that flick was, it wasn't a horror story.) Now...which character, I wonder, is Andre B gonna play?
Jan. 26, 2007, 3:42 a.m. CST
So sez imdb. However, can't find anything about Andre actually being in the cast yet...
Jan. 26, 2007, 5:15 a.m. CST
was a decent king adap. so were the Langoliers. and Nightmares&Dreamscapes.
Jan. 26, 2007, 5:29 a.m. CST
by Triumph poops!
"That was terrifically frustrating. I worked for over a year on that; I worked very close with Steven Spielberg. He was ecstatic with the result and was ready to shoot it two years ago. He was very, very happy with the script and said it was the best draft of anything since Raiders of the Lost Ark. That's really high praise and gave me a real sense of accomplishment, especially when you love the material you're working on as much as I love the Indiana Jones films.<p>"And then you have George Lucas read it and say, 'Yeah, I don't think so, I don't like it.' And then he resets it to zero when Spielberg is ready to shoot it that coming year, which is a real kick to the nuts. You can only waste so much time and so many years of your life on experiences like that, you can only get so emotionally invested and have the rug pulled out from under you before you say enough of that."<p>Man, I'd LOVE to read Darabont's Lucas-rejected script. How much do you want to bet that by the time INDY 4 is released and we finally see it, we'll be wishing they HAD gone with Darabont's version? The guy is a total class writer, in my opinion head and shoulders above Koepp who's script they are going with. So all I can say is "Please don't suck. Please don't suck." Aww, what am I saying? I should start setting myself up for the disappointment that is to come right now.<p>Personally after seeing CASINO ROYALE and the kick-ass energy they put into that...and the way they made Bond seem brand new again...I just wish they'd do that with Indiana Jones as well. Ala Bond, why can't we just have a new actor in all-new WWII era adventures?!
Jan. 26, 2007, 6:38 a.m. CST
In writing this story. HP Lovecraft. Hopefully the creature desing will be thoroughly Lovecraftian. Speeking of which, I wonder if we'll ever get a serious adaptation of WHISPERS IN THE DARK... Unlike most people, I liked RESURECTED. I'd just like to see it done with a budget, a good cast and a good director. No offense to Jeffrey Combs. Loved him in Gordon's BLACK CAT MASTERS OF HORROR. But he'll never be able to carry a big budget film.
Jan. 26, 2007, 6:57 a.m. CST
by Nice Marmot
. . . Darabont stuck so close to the source material in Shawshank & Green Mile. I am expecting The Mist to kick ass.
Jan. 26, 2007, 7:15 a.m. CST
C'mon - don't tell us it's cool - review it. Everyone here is a total Mist geek! I, myself, have been wet at the pants for a movie version since 10th grade when I read it the first time. C'mon! Get the chubby digits around it and spill some goods - we all know the story anyway.<p> And while I'm at it .... let's get Franks Indy script (or a link - it's gotta be out there somewhere) recap so we know what it could have been! Do it .... DO IT!
Jan. 26, 2007, 7:16 a.m. CST
Jan. 26, 2007, 7:18 a.m. CST
by Kid Z
...Man this guy's really just turned into a pudgy, anthropomorphic personification of the concept of mediocrity. Like if the Endless had a retarded, mutant younger brother named "Lame" that they kept chained in a dungeon in Dream's castle and never talked about. Only then, he escaped into the waking world to further spread his cosmic, godlike crappiness among us unprotected mortal beings.
Jan. 26, 2007, 7:26 a.m. CST
As I've said before, The Mist is my second favorite King short story of all time.
Jan. 26, 2007, 7:28 a.m. CST
I’ve only read the novella once and that was about 15 years ago but I can still remember scenes from the book vividly. It was pretty much a perfect King story. The thing with a film is that the story will have to be expanded and a new ending created, so it really won’t be Stephen King’s The Mist at all. Also Darabont is the wrong man for the job. Shawshank is seriously overrated and The Green Mile is way to long to hold interest.
Jan. 26, 2007, 7:33 a.m. CST
i think he's safe in terms of bad hair days
Jan. 26, 2007, 7:38 a.m. CST
by Abin Sur
We've got "The Mist," "Cell," and "1408" to look forward to, and if memory serves, we've got a "Talisman" movie in the works as well. Stay FAR away, Mick Garris!
Jan. 26, 2007, 8:12 a.m. CST
I love the 3-D Surround Sound version so much, I can't wait to see it adapted directly from the original story.
Jan. 26, 2007, 8:27 a.m. CST
great story. I want a "Night Surf" story as well.
Jan. 26, 2007, 8:35 a.m. CST
by Mr Incredible
I heard The Mist on Audio CD and it creeped me out. I hope they remain faithful to the story.
Jan. 26, 2007, 8:57 a.m. CST
by Osmosis Jones
You know, the blonde chick on The X-Files? Looking forward to this movie. I just hope Darabont goes with practical creature F/X as much as possible, and keeps them shrouded in mist to amp up the creep factor. I can't wait to see the tentacle and spider sequences.
Jan. 26, 2007, 11:42 a.m. CST
Snadlee...I could resist... :) Buffalo500 - What makes you think they'll need to change the ending? I think it's pretty much perfect as is and could definitely see it translating to the big screen. As for expanding the story, again, not sure that they'd need to, but given Frank's handling of Shawshank, I have (almost) absolute faith in his ability to make some mods or add some elements to the story, if needed. durhay, remind me what night surf was about? i remember reading it and liking it, but it's been so long i don't recall what it was about...? Comments to other posters - someone talked effects. I do hope they maintain some of the mystery of what these things look like and don't "give it all away." Two things from the story that stick with me the strongest: (1) when they finally make a run for the car, and the narrator (sorry, I don't recall all the names) says that he never really saw whatever it was that came out of the mist and cut his friend in half, "and for that i think i'm grateful" (paraphrasing), and (2) when they're in the car and driving and he hears/feels the ground shaking, then sees a giant leg, so large that he can't even see whatever it is that it's attached to...so mind-blowing that something would be that large...both of those scenes are better for what you DON'T see...better left to the imagination...who can tell me where to get the 3-d sound version? i downloaded a version a few years ago off of kaZaa (sue me), and i wonder if it's the same thing. at the time i was a little underwhelmed, too much exposition in the dialogue to fill in what you aren't seeing, if i recall correctly...that is all...
Jan. 26, 2007, 12:50 p.m. CST
Darabont set Indy4 in the 1950s to address Indiana's age. But Lucas wanted to set it in the 1940s, and use some plot device involving premature aging. An idea which everyone else hated; George Lucas - "I discovered a McGuffin. I told the guys about it, and they were a little dubious about it, but it’s the best one we’ve ever found… Unfortunately, it was a little too ‘connected’ for the others. They were afraid of what the critics would think. They said, 'Can’t we do it with a different McGuffin? Can’t we do this?' and I said 'No.' So we pottered around with that for a couple of years. And then Harrison really wanted to do it and Steve said, 'Okay.' I said, 'We’ll have to go back to that original McGuffin and take out the offending parts of it and we’ll still use that area of the supernatural to deal with it." (On August 8, 2006, Empire magazine)... so Lucas rejects Darabont's script, which everyone else loved, and then forced some fucking retarded idea on the rest of them, which was so bad that they already assumed critics would hate it. Ah, but ol' Lucas has never been one to worry about the reaction of critics, or fans... Why are they letting Lucas run the show?
Jan. 26, 2007, 1:43 p.m. CST
So let me get this straight, Darabont spent over a year of his life working his ass off to develop a screenplay that Spielberg personally declared the best he'd read since Raiders and Lucas just went and tore it up??? Is it still too late to fire Lucas from his own project? I don't mean to be disrespectful but...does anyone else wish he'd just...had an accident or something after TPM? That way we might have had a perfect prequel trilogy and Indy 4.
Jan. 26, 2007, 1:48 p.m. CST
So the man who greenlit 'Howard the Duck' and wrote 'Episode 4' criticizes the man who wrote Shawshank and The Green Mile. I hope Darabont is nowhere near California the day the big one hits and Hollywood disappears beneath that shaky San Andreas Fault. God's reset button. No more sequals, remakes and Lucas. Thank you.
Jan. 26, 2007, 2:52 p.m. CST
Andre Braugher and Thomas Jane? This is going to be badass. I repeat... badass.
Jan. 26, 2007, 9:09 p.m. CST
Another one of my favourites from Skeleton Crew was that short story about the oil that ate people. That was pretty intense how those people were just trapped on that lake, and the oil was just waiting there for them to mess up so that it could eat them.
Jan. 26, 2007, 9:59 p.m. CST
by Osmosis Jones
It was adapted into a segment of Creepsow 2.
Jan. 26, 2007, 10:02 p.m. CST
Ought to pick it up. I generally liked Creepshow, but overall I thought it was sort of mediocre. And I thought that the story with Stephen King was fairly weak, and not as funny as it was supposed to be. But that story with the creature in the box still scares the shit out of me even today.
Jan. 26, 2007, 11:25 p.m. CST
I read it in the summer of like 1997 at a friend's house along with a few of the other stories in that book, but I remember that one best. If I'm not mistaken, the last line in that book was "Do you feel?", which is pretty fucked up seeing as how I read it once ten years ago. Anyways, I have a big man crush on Thomas Jane and am very much looking forward to this.
Jan. 26, 2007, 11:39 p.m. CST
This movie is really happening?! I can't wait. It's my favorite King short story.
Jan. 27, 2007, 5:27 a.m. CST
bugged the hell out of me creepshow 2 did. Darabont and King are a match made in heaven. If I had my way darabont would adapt every novel ever.
Jan. 27, 2007, 5:35 a.m. CST
what are your sources for the premature aging macguffin?
Jan. 27, 2007, 8:05 a.m. CST
...never read the short story this film is adapted from but I can't wait to see Frank Darabont tackle a piece of solid entertainment...plus his track record of King adaptations is two for two so far as so it bodes well - been too long since he made a film and hopefully a successful horror flick might get banish memories of The Majestic and get that Fahrenheit 451 project back into gear...
Jan. 29, 2007, 3:10 a.m. CST
If Frank Darabont can bring out the kind of dread that the short story did, then we are in for one hell of a movie. Speaking of Darabont, his Indiana Jones screenplay is the Holy Grail of unproduced scripts that I would love to read.
Jan. 29, 2007, 7:52 a.m. CST
THE MIST is itself loosely based on a HP Lovecraft story, WHISPERS IN THE DARK. THE FOG has nothing to do with either as far as I know. I kinda liken THE FOG to TOMBS OF THE BLIND DEAD more than anything else I've seen. It's a naval ghost story. As for the King's love of Lovecraft, he's stated numerous times his affection for the early 20th century writer and his works. He also has a thing for Shirley Jackson and Bram Stoker. SALEM'S LOT is a retelling of DRACULA, ROSE RED is nearly an exact duplicate of HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE. This is not to say King can't come up with his own ideas. I think the guy is very impressionable. He's very well read and he has a unique voice with which he can give an older idea a unique spin. Plus, I think his intentions are to get more people to read these older authors that so heavily influence his work. He did an excellent biography back in the late 80s, early 90s. Can't remember the name but I think it has the word 'Macabre' in it. Check it out. He talks about his influences in there.
Jan. 29, 2007, 8:47 a.m. CST
by Childe Roland
...and this movie lives up to even a fraction of its potential, King could very well be poised to deliver his first great cinematic 1-2 punch since Cujo/the Dead Zone in '83 (which, admittedly, started off a little less than strongly in that Cujo adaptation, which I still liked, but he did follow up with Christine, which wasn't terrible). Anyway, it's about time, Steve and Hollywood.
Jan. 29, 2007, 10:59 a.m. CST
by Cellar Door
...was called "The Lake" and it was a good short story. I think the movie version wasn't bad and it was certainly the only thing good about Creepshow 2 except for maybe the great line "Thanks for the ride lady!!". <p><p><p>2 more things: The Mist is going to be great..Darabount has certainly shown far better ability to bring King's stuff to film than most others and yes, most-definitely, GL is a butt-worm. Sorry...he may have *created* one of my all time favorite series of films (SW, ESB, ROTJ sans Ewoks of course), but he's a total hack everywhere else. He can tell a great story and that's it. He can't direct and can't write dialog (don't ask me how SW came out ok in terms of directing...fluke maybe). He makes great actors look bad, writes cringe-inducing dialogue, and actually seems to resent people who like any of his work. And I still wonder at his statements of "I'm doing it for the money"..apparently that's what he actually said! (not stating a fact..just what I've heard on numerous occasions).
Feb. 20, 2007, 12:10 a.m. CST
What's with all these fog and monster based films? I love Laurie Holden, for her to be in another film simuliar to Silent Hill is ridiculous especiacially a movie version of a Stephen King Novel. The man writes beautifully but the film adaptations of his work suck as of late. There hasn't been a Stephen King film in theaters since Thinner, remember how badly that did? All the T.V. miniseries suck except Nightmares and Dreamscapes. I wouldn't be to surprised if this film went staight to DVD.
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