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Stephen King’s ‘The Mist’ Greenlit at Spike TV

Spike TV has greenlit “The Mist,” ordering 10 hourlong episodes of the series based on Stephen King’s classic horror novella, Variety has learned.

The series goes into production this summer, and is slated for a 2017 debut.

The Viacom-owned cabler ordered a pilot for “The Mist” this February, though after hearing the pitch for the full series, upped the order to series, before producing the pilot.

TWC-Dimension Television will produce the series, which tells a harrowing story about a seemingly innocuous mist that seeps into a small town and creates immense havoc. Christian Torpe, who is repped by ICM, will serve as exec producer.

“The Mist” was adapted for a feature film in 2007, and is the latest television adaptation for King’s work, following Hulu’s “11.22.63.”

For Spike, the series is another scripted project on the budding slate, following “Tut,” plus the upcoming “Red Mars,” which is also based on books and was ordered straight to series.

“From the brilliant mind of Stephen King and the incredible production team at TWC-Dimension TV, ‘The Mist’ will take audiences on a thrilling ride through a small town grappling with a mysterious and shocking horror,” said Sharon Levy, exec vice president of original series at Spike. “Christian and the entire team at TWC-Dimension TV have crafted the framework for a compelling and distinctive series that will resonate with Spike’s expanding audience.”

“We have been fortunate to produce and distribute two of Stephen King’s films, ‘1408’ and ‘The Mist,’ and are pleased to continue that relationship by making ‘The Mist’ into a TV series. We’ve had an incredible experience developing the series with Christian, Sharon and her team and are eager to make this series a signature show for Spike,” commented Bob Weinstein, co-chariman of The Weinstein Company.

Weinstein’s EVP of scripted television Megan Spanjian will oversee the project for TWC-Dimension TV along with Matthew Signer, EVP of production and creative affairs, and Keith Levine, SVP of production and development. Levy will oversee the project for Spike, along with Ted Gold, SVP of scripted original series, and Lauren Ruggiero, senior director of scripted programming.

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