It would seem that the big screen filmmakers associated with Sin City and The Mist are preparing to take the story lines to the small screen. Here are a couple of snippets from a New York Times article on The Weinsteins’ TV plans (with thanks to ScreenRant for the heads up):
[Bob Weinstein] is preparing a pilot based on the Scream films for MTV, for instance, and developing a proposed 10-part series with Frank Darabont, based on Dimension’s film version of Stephen King’s The Mist.
Mr. Weinstein said he was also hoping to quickly follow the August release of the film Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, directed by Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez, with a Sin City television series from Mr. Miller and Mr. Rodriguez.
Well, that’s all worth some debate. Symptom of a brain drain from cinema towards television? Or just Bob Weinstein chasing dollars wherever he can find them?
It does seem like TV is the hot place to work right now, or it’s certainly being said often enough.
I can see Sin City lending itself to a crime anthology quite nicely, and the sex and violence quotient is certainly compatible with cable programming trends. Robert Rodriguez is currently at work on a TV version of From Dusk ‘Til Dawn, for his El Ray Network, so he’s obviously open to the notion of such an adaptation.
And, as far as concerns The Mist, Frank Darabont has had some success on TV already. I rate his episodes of The Walking Dead above the rest of the series and – as everyone will see this week – Mob City is rather exciting too.
You may also recall that Darabont crewed up for the feature version of The Mist by recruiting the team he’d worked with on an episode of The Shield. This project sounds like it could work out very well.
Oh… and if news of the Scream TV show is new to you, there has been some previous coverage.