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    Stephen King's "The Mist" Starts Production

    Here are a few photos (supplied by http://www.aintitcool.com/node/31754) from the set of the Frank Darrabont's (The Green Mile) production of "The Mist", by Stephen King. Initial filming began last week.




    For those unfamiliar with the King story, this is a plot summary, from wikipedia: The morning after a violent thunderstorm, a thick unnatural mist rapidly spreads across the small town of Bridgton, Maine, reducing visibility to near-zero and concealing numerous species of bizarre creatures; vaguely resembling, among other things, lobsters, spiders and giant squid, these entities viciously attack any human who ventures out into the open. The source of the fog and its inhabitants is never revealed, but strong allusions are made to an interdimensional rift caused by something known second-hand to the townsfolk as "The Arrowhead Project", which had been long-rumored to be conducted at a nearby top-secret military facility.

    The bulk of the story details the plight of a large group of people who become trapped while shopping in the town supermarket, among them an artist named David Drayton (the story's narrator), Drayton's young son Billy, and their annoying neighbor Brenton Norton. (Also trapped in the market are two soldiers from The Arrowhead Project; their joint suicide lends some credence to the theory of the Project being the source of the disaster.) Along with the horrifying physical threat outside, of which Norton is an early victim, the story also explores the rapid psychological breakdown of the terrified people inside the market. This breakdown allows for the rise to power of a religious zealot named Mrs. Carmody, who eventually convinces a majority faction of the survivors that these events fulfill the biblical prophecy of the end times, and that a human sacrifice must be made to clear away the Mist: Billy is the chosen victim. As the mob surges forward at her command, Mrs. Carmody is shot by Ollie Weeks, an employee of the market and one of the few survivors who has remained relatively sane. Drayton, his son, and two other survivors escape to Drayton's car and head south, learning that the Mist has spread ahead of them across all of Maine.
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    Frank Darabont is the only director who managed to turn King's works into really amazing movies (mentioned Green Mile and Shawshenk Redemption, save for Tom Holland's Langoliers). I'm not so big on 'The Mist' but I'm defintealy looking forward to a movie version of it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chefcraig View Post
    Here are a few photos (supplied by http://www.aintitcool.com/node/31754) from the set of the Frank Darrabont's (The Green Mile) production of "The Mist", by Stephen King. Initial filming began last week.
    chef, thanks for the pics.

    But there's no way this movie started initial filming last week. It has to be in post-production by now. It's release date is 11/21 (according to this week's Entertainment Weekly -- Fall Movied Preview). Principal photography had to have been done a while ago.

    I'm still surprised that Darabont is making this story into a movie.
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    I just hope it's better than "The Stand". I can't believe that I sat all day watching that pathetic thing.
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    I think we talked about this in the Stephen King thread a while back. Anyway, like I said then I love "The Mist". It's one of my all time Favorite King short stories and I always wanted it to be made into a movie but I also feared that they would screw it up like they do most of his horror stories.

    As CGI improved I knew that someone would eventually tackle it.

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    Hope this one of the King adaptations that don't suck. His record's a little iffy, but with Darabont on board I see a glimmer of hope.

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    And am I alone in thinking King needs to collaborate with Peter Jackson for a Dark Tower series of flicks?
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    The tv movie of "It" with John-boy was ok, yet it was an amazing story to begin with...think about, the short story "Trucks" was fucked up not only once, yet twice.

    Then ya have "Apt Pupil", and that last load of crap with Johnny Depp.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LowLifeFlatHeadScum View Post
    And am I alone in thinking King needs to collaborate with Peter Jackson for a Dark Tower series of flicks?
    Nope. A Dark Tower 7 series ala Potter would be suh-weet.

    But bump Jackson for Ridley Scott.

    The Mist is one of his best novellas. Skeleton Crew is still probably his premiere collection of short stories.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Axxman300 View Post
    What? No "Misery"?
    Fuck me runnin....yes yes...Misery was indeed one of the best. Dunno WTF I been smokin.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chefcraig View Post
    Then ya have "Apt Pupil", and that last load of crap with Johnny Depp.
    Only saw Apt Pupil once and I was distracted by the girl I had over that night. Couldn't stop staring at her pupils. Still dont know what the flick was about.

    The Depp one was Secret Window, and I've not gotten around to that one yet.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Van Squalen View Post
    Nope. A Dark Tower 7 series ala Potter would be suh-weet.

    But bump Jackson for Ridley Scott.
    I can see that.

    Got anyone in mind to play Roland?
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    I have to say that "Secret Window" seemed to be on HBO for year straight. It seemed like everytime I turned on the tv, it was on. I know the movie wasn't that good, but for some strange reason I kinda liked it.

    What about those TNT hour-long films based on King's short stories, "Nightmares & Dreamscapes"? The only one I remember liking was "Battleground" with William Hurt.

    LLFHS, I believe that list of 'duds' is a bit longer:
    Children of the Corn
    Needful Things
    Cat's Eye
    Desperation
    Dreamcatcher
    Hearts In Atlantis
    Tommyknockers

    On the flip side of those, I didn't mind Creepshow and The Dead Zone.


    They're also supposedly making "Bag of Bones" and "The Sun Dog" into films.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LowLifeFlatHeadScum View Post
    Only saw Apt Pupil once and I was distracted by the girl I had over that night. Couldn't stop staring at her pupils. Still dont know what the flick was about.

    The Depp one was Secret Window, and I've not gotten around to that one yet.
    "Apt Pupil" is a fantastic story. I never saw the movie, but how could they have fucked that up? And who played the Nazi?

    I also really liked the original TV version of "Salem's Lot". It had some pretty scary-ass moments in it.

    "The Shining", although not real consistent with the book, is my favorite King adaptation by far. Nicholson will do that for you. I thought the TV version, although more heavily endorsed by King and way more true to the book, sucked ass...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Van Squalen View Post
    Nope. A Dark Tower 7 series ala Potter would be suh-weet.

    But bump Jackson for Ridley Scott.

    The Mist is one of his best novellas. Skeleton Crew is still probably his premiere collection of short stories.
    Agreed.

 

 

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