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Netflix has Tales from the Script, which is simply interviews with Hollywood screenwriters as they discuss what it’s like to write scripts. I love it! And, there are a lot of Stephen King directors in the mix here.
- John Carpenter, Christine
- Frank Darabont, The Mist
- Mick Garris, The Stand
- William Goldman, Misery, Hearts in Atlantis, Dolores Claiborne, Dream Catcher
Do you like the ending to the Mist? I don’t. How much would you pay to change it? How about $30,000,000 ?
A producer offered a Darabont a 30 million dollar budget for The mist if he would change the ending. Darabont asked, “What ending would you like me to have? What is your suggestion?” The answer: I don’t know! Darabont explained, This is the ending I’ve been thinking about for 30 years now. He didn’t have a suggestion.
This is my opinion. . .
So how should The Mist end?
I have a suggestion: (a few)
1. Not that ending!
2. More seriously, it’s okay for the main characters to die – just not that way. Let them drive away and get eaten by a big dino-monster. That’s fine. But a father cannot do that to his child – not a good one. It messes up the movie for re-watch. To me, the ending makes the David Drayton unlikable. As you watch again, you are thinking, “I can’t like this guy, he’s got a major character flaw.” He does what Mother Carmody wanted to do but failed. He does it with different intentions. Simply put, a good reason not to blow a kids brains out when a situation looks really really really bad – is because there might be a miracle. Not only does David Drayton carry out a incredibly painful act, but the movie rubs our face in it by showing the mist getting blown away by the army.
3. They escape, drive out of the Mist with a terrible creature right on their heels.
The Mist is a great movie. It’s a great movie you want to reflect on, chew on, discuss. But the ending is so strong, it blinds you to everything that happened previous.
King did not end his novella. He just let them drive away. I guess you can do that in a book, but a movie needs an ending. King has said he liked the ending of movie version of The Mist.
Strengths Of The Mist
1. The story holds up. It is based on King's novel, and is one of the few books that actually comes alive on screen the way it reads. That is, a lot of what you read is exactly what is reproduced on screen.
2. It's creepy. Giant bugs, dinosaurs, and the mist itself shrouds everything -- making it even more scary! It some ways, I think The Mist accomplishes what Under The Dome did not. Everything is cut off from civilization, and then the monsters move in.
3. People do things that seem likely in a crisis situation. it shows courage, fear, religious zeal and a lot of infighting.
My favorite scene: The docking bay.
- What is your favorite scene from The Mist?
- How would you end The Mist?