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Stephen King series The Mist filming in Nova Scotia

The MistA TV series adaptation of Stephen King’s horror novella The Mist has started filming in Nova Scotia on Canada’s eastern seaboard.

The new miniseries will spend nearly C$25m in Nova Scotia, making it one of the biggest productions ever to film in the region.

Nova Scotia offers a base 25% filming incentive but the programme usually has an annual fund of just C$10m – although this will rise to C$11.5m for next year – and per-production payments are usually capped at C$4m. 

Due to the scale of its local expenditure, The Mist will be supported outside the regular programme with a payment of nearly C$6m, leaving the full standard fund available for other shoots.

“We're pleased Nova Scotia was chosen for this production,” said Mark Furey, Nova Scotia’s minister of business.

“It speaks to the quality of our talent, the attractiveness of our location, and the overall competitiveness of our industry. We've been working closely with the film industry and have demonstrated flexibility within the fund to help them be successful and sustainable.”

Nova Scotia hosts mainly low-budget movie and TV productions. Since the filming incentive was launched in its current form in the middle of last year, 25 separate shoots have claimed a C$16m between them in support.

The Mist follows a group of disparate individuals who must fight for their lives when a dense cloud of mist descends on their small town, bringing with it hidden and terrifying creatures.

Filmmaker Frank Darabont previously made an acclaimed film version of the story in Louisiana in 2007 (pictured), restricting the drama to a suburban supermarket.

Stephen King’s stories remain popular source material for screen adaptations more than three decades after Carrie and The Shining became cinema classics. A new film version of It is currently shooting in Toronto and a movie of King’s fantasy story The Dark Tower is currently filming in South Africa and New York.

For more on filming in Nova Scotia see our production guide.

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