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[TV] CBS Orders Stephen King Adaptation “Under the Dome”!

In a deal that illustrates numerous shifts in the primetime series marketplace, CBS has given a straight-to-series 13-episode order to “Under the Dome,” a drama series from Amblin Television and CBS TV Studios based on Stephen King’s novel of the same name, Variety reports.

“Lost” alum Brian K. Vaughan has shepherded the TV adaptation of the series, which was initially developed by Steven Spielberg’s TV division at CBS’ sibling cabler, Showtime. CBS TV Studios-based hyphenate Neal Baer has been recruited to serve as showrunner and will exec produce with Vaughan, King, Amblin TV’s Justin Falvey and Darryl Frank and DreamWorks’ Stacey Snider.

Niels Arden Oplev, who helmed the original Swedish version of “Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,” will direct the first seg. “It will tell the story of small New England town that is suddenly sealed off from the rest of the world by an enormous transparent dome.

CBS intends to run the series next summer.



  • HorrorManiac666

    I loved the book, and I’ve been waiting for it to be made into a movie or TV show.

  • laymness

    I still haven’t read this one, though I’m really interested in it despite the fact that it’s Biblical in length. This could be good, even though King adaptions often don’t come off that well, especially in TV form. And CBS makes it less promising, but I hope I’m wrong.

  • Canucklehead

    Really liked the novel as well and this is the kind of thing that would translate well to a series. Always worried that the networks water these things down too much though.

  • Darkness69

    I wonder what they’ll do with the ending, as it pretty much polarized King’s readership.

  • SpaaarKY

    did he steal this idea from the simpsons movie?

    • I’ve been wondering about the same thing.

      • TyranosaurusRick

        you guys aren’t the only ones 😉 yellow people all developing telekinetic powers! … or something…

    • Frogger08

      No, he didn’t. That’s a common question when told about the plot of Under the Dome. Stephen actually said he’s had the idea since the ’80s and was originally going to set it in an apartment building and call it “The Cannibals.”

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