sci fi schlock

October Shock & Schlock Day 22 (2/2) - The Mist (2007) B/W

Darabont has since revealed that he had “always had it in mind to shoot The Mist in black and white”, a decision inspired by such iconic films as Night 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.”

I was mostly joking with that Kylo Ren: Former Child Star post, but it occurs to me that you could probably spin a fairly decent entertainment industry AU out of that.

  • Kylo Ren is, of course, a burned out former child star whose career was destroyed by some huge scandal of unspecified nature, and is now reduced to playing Z-list supporting roles in schlock sci-fi. He’s currently laying low after a well-publicised incident in which he got drunk, trashed his hotel room, and punched out his father.
  • Hux is Ren’s ex-costar, who managed to come out of the implosion of their show smelling like roses, and now makes huge bank as a motivational speaker with a line of questionable self-help books.
  • Snoke is Ren and Hux’s scummy manager, who deliberately engineered the aforementioned scandal in a catastrophically backfired attempt to increase his biggest star’s bankability. Ren is the only one apart from Snoke himself who knows this, though Luke suspects.
  • Luke, Ren’s uncle, was the producer of the show on which the scandal occurred. He was trying to reform the industry with his commitment to ethical treatment of his stars, but his work was undone and he was forced to leave television in disgrace thanks to Snoke’s machinations.
  • Leia’s a high-ranking industry executive, torn between sympathy for her son’s plight and resentment over the damage his public shenanigans have indirectly done to her career. She’s also pretty pissed at Luke for just washing his hands of the whole affair and vanishing from the public eye, but that hasn’t come to a head yet.

I haven’t thought it through to the point of figuring out where Finn and Rey fit in - that would really depend on what direction you wanted to go with it.