Stephen King’s ‘Under the Dome’ Adaptation Soon On CBS
CBS has bypassed the pilot process and ordered 13 episodes of a series based on Stephen King‘s 2009 novel, it recently announced. The supernatural drama will be produced by Stephen Spielberg’s Amblin Entertainment. The project was originally intended for Showtime, but wound up at CBS when Amblin felt the project wasn’t moving forward at the pay cabler. Lost scribe Brian K. Vaughan, who adapted King’s work for the script, will serve as an executive producer alongside King, Neal Baer (Law & Order: Special Victims Unit — who also will serve as showrunner), Justin Falvey (Smash) and others.
For those unaware, Under the Dome is a science fiction novel by Stephen King, published in November 2009. It is a partial rewrite of a novel King attempted to write twice in the late 1970s and early 1980s, under the titles The Cannibals and Under the Dome. As King stated on his official site, these two unfinished works “were two very different attempts to utilize the same idea, which concerns itself with how people behave when they are cut off from the society they’ve always belonged to. Also, my memory of The Cannibals is that it, like Needful Things, was a kind of social comedy. The new Under the Dome is played dead straight.”
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From the material originally written, only the first chapter is included in the new novel. In the novel, on an entirely normal, beautiful fall day in Chester’s Mill, Maine, the town is inexplicably and suddenly sealed off from the rest of the world by an invisible force field. Planes crash into it and fall from the sky in flaming wreckage, a gardener’s hand is severed as “the dome” comes down on it, people running errands in the neighboring town are divided from their families, and cars explode on impact.
No one can fathom what this barrier is, where it came from, and when—or if—it will go away. Dale Barbara, Iraq vet and now a short-order cook, finds himself teamed with a few intrepid citizens—town newspaper owner Julia Shumway, a physician’s assistant at the hospital, a select-woman, and three brave kids. Against them stands Big Jim Rennie, a politician who will stop at nothing—even murder—to hold the reins of power, and his son, who is keeping a horrible secret in a dark pantry. But their main adversary is the Dome itself. Because time isn’t just short. It’s running out. Let’s hope the show remains true to the new novel.
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