You gotta fight…for your right…to Thaaaaaaaa Mist (and somewhere, Adam Yauch is cringing).
It seems that Stephen King is in a fight over the rights for his novella The Mist. The Mist, which was originally published in 1980 in the anthology book Dark Forces: New Stories of Suspense and Supernatural Horror and then in 1985 in King’s own book of short stories titled Skeleton Crew, has been made into a 2007 feature film directed by Frank Darabont and a 2017 television series for Spike TV.
According to The Wall Street Journal, the rights for the story were sold to Dimension Films who produced both the 2007 film and the 2017 television series. Dimension Films was a division of the Weinstein Co. which was owned by, you guessed it, Harvey Weinstein! Well, when the accusations against Mr. Weinstein broke, the companies assets were sold off in bankruptcy to a company named Lantern Capital Partners. As these sales can take some time, the sale was apparently closed quite recently and Lantern was under the impression that The Mist was one of the many titles now in their possesion.
Well, Stephen King’s lawyers say “nay”! According to them, the licensing agreement with Dimension (Weinstein) was actually up in June of 2017 and therefor reverted back to Mr. King, so Lantern could not have possibly acquired them when they gobbled up all of those Weinstein goodies. According to the WSJ, “a spokesman for Lantern said the firm doesn’t comment on pending litigation. A lawyer for Mr. King didn’t immediately respond to messages seeking comment.”
We’ll certainly keep you posted on any more news regarding this fight for The Mist but it’s looking like we won’t be seeing any new adaptations any time soon!
Stay gory my friends.