Darabont gets all Mist-y...
Director Frank Darabont (Shawshank Redemption, Green Mile) is in pre-production on what will be his third Stephen King adaptation, and his first horror one. He’s been talking about basing a film on the novella The Mist for a while, but seems to really have gotten things into gear, indicating that filming could start as early as February.
In an interview with Chud.com, the director was quoted as following:
“[The Mist] is going to be a really quick project; it’s very low budget, very fast, not unlike what Danny Boyle did in 28 Days Later, which I found very inspiring in terms of, hell, just go out and make a movie and have fun with it…It’ll be a pretty fast and furious narrative, really. And I’m certain the shortest film I’ve made to date."
King’s short novel is one of his most overt homages to the ‘B’ monster movies of the ‘50s and ‘60s, and it completely makes sense for this to be a comparatively low-budget, short and punchy film. Of course, all of Darabont’s theatrical films have, in fact, been pretty lengthy. Hopefully when he says the film will be his shortest, he’s talking around 100 minutes, and not something around two hours long. I've been a pretty consistent proponent of the idea that modern's overstuffed genre movies would be well served by being shorter, and maybe this will start a trend.