Brian K. Vaughan to Pen Series Adaptation of Stephen King’s UNDER THE DOME for Showtime

     November 7, 2011

Award-winning comic book/television writer Brian K. Vaughan (Lost) has signed on to adapt iconic author Stephen King’s Under the Dome as a series for Showtime. King’s 2009 novel is a supernatural thriller that pits local folks against each other when they find their vacation town in Maine (obviously) cut off from the rest of the world by a mysterious force field. The story rights were secured by DreamWorks’ Television’s Steven Spielberg and Stacey Snider shortly after publication.

Known for his work on some of the more memorable episodes of Lost (“Meet Kevin Johnson”), Vaughan is also the writer behind comic book series “Y: The Last Man,” “Ex Machina,” and “Runaways.” Hit the jump for more on Under the Dome.

under-the-dome-book-coverDeadline reported on Vaughan’s selection by Showtime to adapt Under the Dome after an exhaustive search. The writer might also have plans to serialize his successful comic series, Y: The Last Man, though the project seems to have stalled. He’ll have plenty of material to keep him busy in the meantime, as King’s Under the Dome comes it at over 1,000 pages. (I have yet to read it as it is currently acting as a very reliable doorstop.).

Here’s the synopsis for Under the Dome:

Just down Route 119 in Chester’s Mill, Maine, all hell is about to break loose. . . .

On an entirely normal, beautiful fall day, a small town is suddenly and inexplicably sealed off from the rest of the world by an invisible force field. Planes crash into it and rain down flaming wreckage. A gardener’s hand is severed as the dome descends. Cars explode on impact. Families are separated and panic mounts. No one can fathom what the barrier is, where it came from, and when—or if—it will go away. Now a few intrepid citizens, led by an Iraq vet turned short-order cook, face down a ruthless politician dead set on seizing the reins of power under the dome. But their main adversary is the dome itself. Because time isn’t just running short. It’s running out. [Amazon]

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  • nelson

    why has’nt Ex Machina become a tv series it deserves one

  • Brendan

    It’s already been done. Just watch Jericho lol.

  • Samantha

    Jericho sucked, and under the dome is nothing like it. Stephen King has more flare, and his story is more gruesome than that tv show. I believe it’ll be a great series to go on showtime. Can’t wait!

    • Tarek

      Jericho was a good series. I was surprised when they cancelled it.
      It was by far more interesting than this Walking Dead BS. ^^

  • Tofer

    I hated this book. The premise was fantastic, and I had heard that it was some of the best work Stephen King has done (not to be too much of a jerk, but that doesn’t really say much), but the characters are too one-dimensional and predictable (Big Jim’s character is so stereotypical that you actually feel embarrassed for King) and the ending is absolutely horrendous. 1200 pages with absolutely no pay-off. The whole “feeling it” section was some of the worst writing I’ve ever read, and King actually managed to use “it’s just like riding a bicycle, you never forget” not once, but twice. I can only hope he was making fun of Pierce Brosnan in Dante’s Peak, but I’m not holding out any hope there.

    I still think the series could be good since I trust Brian Vaughan to improve the characterization and come up with a more fitting ending, but he really will need to make some major changes.

  • Lisa


    I am an avid King fan but I have to agree with you, its not his best work. I couldn’t stop thinking about the Simpsons movie to be honest. I think a ‘Lost’ writer has a lot to work with in this but I see an awesome pilot episode that nosedives as the series progresses barring, as you say, drastic improvements in characterization and the outcome.

  • Alex

    I love King, but the ending of this book was terrible. People will not enjoy the “resolution” whatsoever.

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