The Mist(also known asStephen King's The Mist) is a 2007 American science fiction horror film based on the 1980 novellaThe Mistby Stephen King. The film was written and directed by Frank Darabont. Darabont had been interested in adaptingThe Mistfor the big screen since the 1980s. The film features an ensemble cast including Thomas Jane, Marcia Gay Harden, Samuel Witwer, Toby Jones, and futureThe Walking Deadactors Jeffrey DeMunn, Laurie Holden, Melissa McBride, and Juan Gabriel Pareja.
Filming forThe Mistbegan in Shreveport, Louisiana, in February 2007. The film 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. Darabont has since revealed that he had "always had it in mind to shootThe Mistin black and white", a decision inspired by such iconic films asNight of the Living Dead(1968) and the "pre-color" work of Ray Harryhausen. While the film's cinematic release was in color, the director has described the black and white print (released on Blu-ray in 2008) as his "preferred version."