The Mist TV series casts American Horror Story star

With so many Stephen King adaptations rolling out, we’d almost forgotten that Spike was working on a TV series based on The Mist. Well, it’s found its leading lady.

Frances Conroy in American Horror Story: Freak Show
Frances Conroy in American Horror Story: Freak Show

THR reports that the brilliant Frances Conroy, star of Six Feet Under and American Horror Story, has been cast as “Nathalie, a modern-day ecological martyr. While she is seemingly more connected to nature than most people, her instincts about her fellow humans are dead on.”

Conroy is the first to join The Mist, which is the first scripted drama for Spike (they’ve had a few get close, recently, including the Jerry Bruckheimer-produced Harvest and Red Mars). Christian Torpe is writer and executive producer, and he’s best known for creating the Danish TV series Rita.

The site describes The Mist as a “harrowing story about a seemingly innocuous mist that seeps into a small town and creates immense havoc.” In King’s novella, that mist contains legions of terrifying creatures which attack the small town’s residents, who have taken refuge in a supermarket. Is it the end of days, or does the secretive army base and Project Arrowhead have something to do with it?

The story and film’s lead character was David Drayton, played by Thomas Jane, and the antagonist was evangelical Christian and general horror Mrs Carmody, beautifully played by Marcia Gay Harden.

Frank Darabont’s film was a superb and weirdly underrated combination of old school creature feature and incredibly tense thriller, as factions formed in close quarters and words like “sacrifice” start getting thrown around. Darabont jumped from The Mist to The Walking Dead, and King’s story does seem like it could lend itself to that kind of formula, where the people are the real threat and the monsters occasionally pop up to gruesomely dispatch the expendables.

At any rate, we love Conroy (Ruth Fisher is still one of the greatest characters to ever grace television), so this is definitely good news.

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Bryan Fuller on Hannibal Season 4 talks: “I have the story”

If, like us, your heart is still bleeding a little (or a lot) due to Hannibal‘s untimely cancellation, Bryan Fuller is here to offer you a little ray of hope.

In an interview with Collider, Fuller told us that conversations about picking up the beloved series can resume next year.

“Two years after the last airing of the show, we can investigate our options […] August 2017 is when we can actually start talking about it,” he said. “That’s when we would have to see what the rights are for the character and for the story, and see who’s interested and how we get it done. I have the story, and the cast is excited for the story, so we’re ready to go if somebody wants to go.”

Indeed, the cast has consistently expressed their desire to return to these characters, and there’s no doubting the passion of the Fannibals when it comes to a demand for more episodes. However, they are extremely busy.

“The cast is game, I’m game, it’s just a matter of finding the right time where everybody’s schedules sync up, but I would love to continue to tell the story with Hugh Dancy and Mads Mikkelsen,” Fuller continued. “They’re such a fantastic collaborators, and one of the most satisfying actor-showrunner relationships I’ve ever had in this industry. So I would love to continue this story.”


Fuller also has a lot on his plate at the moment. He’s co-showrunning Starz’ American Gods TV series with Michael Green (and working with a lot of his Hannibal collaborators, which is brilliant), and he’s also creating CBS’ new Star Trek TV series, which is obviously a huge deal.

Still, if everyone can make it work, we are dying to see the story resume, and Fuller and co has spoken about finally getting into the Silence Of The Lambs storyline…And hey, if they can’t make another TV season work, we’ll definitely settle for a movie!

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