There are few movie endings that linger disturbingly in your mind 10 years later, but The Mist is one of them. Adapted from Stephen King’s novella of the same name, the 2007 horror classic left audiences with jaws dropped in disbelief (some furious at the ending). It’s no surprise that fans of the classic are thrilled to see the film getting a reboot in Spike TV’s The Mist, a new 10-episode series airing Thursdays at 10pmET (beginning June 22).
Morgan Spector (Boardwalk Empire’s Frank Capone) steps into the lead role as Kevin Copeland, a children’s book author living in Bridgeville, Maine, with his wife and teenage daughter when they are torn apart by a brutal crime. This was Spector’s first turn in the horror genre in general, and a thrilling one at best. “Essentially we had to figure out how to live in a state of prolonged terror for four months, which was new to most of us, but it was exciting ultimately,” Spector tells. “Basically, your heart rate is elevated in a state of terror and tension. It’s a four-month adrenaline rush.”
As for what to expect in the new series, Morgan Spector shares some of the details.
People are going to come for Stephen King but get even more …
Morgan Spector: They’re going to come to it for something that seems familiar and is kind of post-apocalyptic and scary but there are some moments. The things I’m most excited about are these surprising human moments that happen over the course of the show between characters — by the time that you really come to intimately know them. I think what’s brilliant about what Christian has done is the scenario of the show affords those opportunities to see human beings under conditions that we would never see them otherwise and the behavior that comes out is surprising and sort of psychologically complex and I think it’s those moments that I’m really looking forward to people experiencing.
The mist is going to be different … In the novella and in the film there are quite specific monsters in the mist, and our mist is a little different than that.
What really happens when the mist rolls in … The mist comes in and creates this sort of post-apocalyptic scenario and everyone in the town is forced to adapt to frightening new circumstances, and what we see is the way this sort of social microcosm begins to collapse, essentially.
Mistakes are going to happen … Kevin makes a decision in the pilot that has genuinely awful consequences. A seemingly benign decision that becomes consequential. … We’re all reacting so quickly to enormous and terrifying stimuli that sometimes there isn’t a lot of time to linger on that kind of thing. Over the course of the season you really see that emerge and you see that begin to distort and alter his character in large ways. It’s a big arc for Kevin over the course of the season. Where he starts and where he ends I think are quite far apart.
Filming in Halifax definitely set the mood … Quite often when we’d be driving to work, ’cause the studio was a little bit outside of Halifax, we’d go over one of the two bridges that connect Halifax, which is sort of a peninsula, to the rest of the province and there would just be an enormous amount of fog all over the river, and yeah, it felt very much like the right place to be shooting the show.
On hoping for a different ending for the series vs. the movie … I can’t promise that at the end of our series in five or six years that we won’t do the same thing just to piss everybody off. [So there’s hope for a different ending?] Nobody’s murdering their family so far.