Stephen King's 'The Mist' TV Adaptation Gets Pilot Order at Spike

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Spike is getting into the Stephen King business.

The Viacom-owned cable network has ordered a pilot based on the famed author's novella The Mist, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.

Originally published in 1980, The Mist centers on a seemingly innocuous mist that seeps into a small town and subsequently creates havoc.

Dimension Television is set to produce the project, with Christian Torpe (Denmark's Rita) onboard as an executive producer.

"We are thrilled to join forces with the incredibly creative Christian Torpe and Dimension Films to develop Stephen King's enthralling novella to a compelling series unlike anything else on television," said Sharon Levy, Spike's executive vp original series.

Added Bob Weinstein, co-chairman of Dimension TV's parent company, The Weinstein Co.: "We are excited to be in business with Spike on their first scripted production pilot and working with the very talented Christian Torpe to further explore Stephen King's classic novella and bring this riveting series to television audiences."

This is the latest push into scripted for Spike. The channel debuted it's first scripted project in eight years, the mini Tut, in 2015 and recently ordered Red Mars, an adaptation of Kim Stanley Robinson's Mars Trilogy books, straight to series last month.

If The Mist goes to series, it will join Dimension TV's Scream, which is going into its second season on MTV.

King's other TV projects include Under the Dome, which recently ended after three seasons on CBS, and the Hulu event series 11.22.63 based on his novel of the same name. A film version of The Mist grossed $57 million at the box office in 2007.