Almost forty years after Stephen King’s 200-page novella and a decade after Frank Darabont’s sorely underrated movie, Spike TV (who?) brings The Mist to the small screen courtesy of Christian Torpe (who?)

The Danish writer brought several successful series to air in his native country (Rita, Tessa, Sam, and Hjørdis) and now gets behind the camera to direct the pilot as well as scribe every odd numbered episode. Here’s the very effective trailer:

With the difference between film and TV, these characters needed not to be limited to one location – so instead of Toby Jones’ grocery store, the action looks to be split between a church, a shopping mall, the police station and several homes.

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“Has the sheriff been eating beans again?”

Here’s the blurb:

Based on a story by Stephen King, Spike’s THE MIST centers around a small town family that is torn apart by a brutal crime. As they deal with the fallout an eerie mist rolls in, suddenly cutting them off from the rest of the world and, in some cases, each other. Family, friends and adversaries become strange bedfellows, battling the mysterious mist and its threats, fighting to maintain morality and sanity as the rules of society break down.

The Mist stars Morgan Spector (Boardwalk Empire), Alyssa Sutherland (Vikings), Dan Butler (Silence of the Lambs) Isiah Whitlock Jr. (The Wire), Danica Curcic (The Bridge), Okezie Morro (Red Tails), Gus Birney, Luke Cosgrove, Darren Pettie, Russell Posner.

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Frances Conroy (Six Feet Under, American Horror Story) plays Nathalie, “a modern day ecological martyr” in what I’m guessing will be a reimagining of religious zealot Mrs Carmody.

In amongst all those diverse actors, old-fashioned Anglo-Saxon character names like Cunningham and Copeland appear alongside Al-Fayeds, Romanovs and Sings so expect some to see some of the 2007 film’s (brilliantly and subtly written) race-relations coming to a head in a microcosm of America today.

The Mist debuts on Spike TV on June 22nd, 2017 and, so long as Frances Conway fills Marcia Gay Harden’s boots and this isn’t as risible as Under The Dome, the let the mist roll in, I say.