It has been about a year since this was last discussed but Stephen King’s best selling novel is finally being made into a series. No, it won’t be coming to Showtime as previously mentioned. Today DEADLINE announced that CBS will be bringing Under The Dome’s 13 episodes to a TV near you this summer. Brian K Vaughan (LOST) has written the retelling and it is rumored that HIS version is slightly different from King’s and MAY even have a different ending. (There is already talk of a potential second season.)
Niels Arden Ople, who directed the Swedish version of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is set to direct the first episode. The story goes as follows:
“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 selectwoman, 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.“
The series will be executive produced by Steven Spielberg, Stephen King, Neal Baer, Brian K. Vaughan, Justin Falvey and Darryl Frank. In addition to the CBS broadcast, Under The Dome will have a multi-platform window available for each episode shortly after the network airing.
“This is a great novel coming to the television screen with outstanding auspices and in-season production values to create a summer programming event. We’re excited to transport audiences Under the Dome and into the extraordinary world that Stephen King has imagined.” CBS President Nina Tassler said.