Unfinished Cut of Darabont's The Mist Draws Kudos
Hot Fuzz helmer says it's "fantastic."
At a press conference last weekend promoting his Hot Fuzz DVD, Edgar Wright shared his enthusiasm for the film, currently in post-production for a November release. He also playfully dropped some famous cinematic names explaining how he came to screen The Mist at director Frank Darabont's invitation.
"I did, I saw [The Mist] in the edit," he began. "Not to name drop, but me and Quentin Tarantino went to watch it in the Avid at Frank Darabont's -- did I mention Quentin Tarantino?"
"Frank asked us to come into the Avid and watch it," he continued. "Frank Darabont -- director of The Mist, Shawshank, writer of Nightmare on Elm Street: Dream Warriors?writer of The Blob: remake, Kevin Dillon?also Johnny Drama on Entourage -- sorry!" he said with a laugh.
Joking aside, Wright was impressed by what he saw. Coming from a proven genre buff, and a self-professed fan of Stephen King's original novel, that should be encouraging to fans. "I used to read Stephen King obsessively as a teenager, and The Mist was always one of those stories that struck a chord with me. And Frank's come up with a -- I don't know if you remember the ending of the story, it's quite open-ended conclusion -- but Frank Darabont has got an amazing ending, the final payoff is great. It's obviously unfinished; all of the effects [are] still unfinished, but the fact that it still worked in that state was great. And a great cast; Thomas Jane, Marcia Gay Harden -- just fantastic."
Darabont is, after all, a three-time Oscar nominee. He's been honored for adapting and producing The Green Mile, and for adapting The Shawshank Redemption -- both of which were also originally Stephen King stories.