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.