The Mist (2007)
The Mist is a 2007 American science fiction horror film based on the 1980 novella of the same name by Stephen King. The film was written and directed by Frank Darabont, who had previously adapted Stephen King's works The Shawshank Redemption and The Green Mile. Darabont had been interested in adapting The Mist for the big screen since the 1980s. The film features an ensemble cast including Thomas Jane, Marcia Gay Harden, Samuel Witwer, Toby Jones, Nathan Gamble, William Sadler, Andre Braugher, Frances Sternhagen, and future The Walking Dead actors Jeffrey DeMunn, Laurie Holden, and Melissa McBride. Darabont began filming The Mist in Shreveport, Louisiana in February 2007. The director revised the ending of the film to be darker than the novella's ending, a change to which King was amenable. He also sought unique creature designs to differentiate his from creatures in past films. The Mist was commercially released in the United States and Canada on November 21, 2007; it performed well at the box office and received generally positive reviews. Although a monster movie, the central theme explores what ordinary people will be driven to do under extraordinary circumstances.