Showtime Teams with Steven Spielberg and Stephen King for Series Adaptation of UNDER THE DOME

     August 30, 2011


Though we may not be getting the unprecedented film and TV series adaptation of The Dark Tower anytime soon, that doesn’t mean more of Stephen King’s work isn’t venturing to the small screen soon. Deadline has word that Showtime is teaming with the veteran author to adapt his 2009 novel Under the Dome into an ambitious drama series. And if that wasn’t exciting enough, Steven Spielberg and DreamWorks Television are behind the series which revolves around locals at a Maine vacation spot who battle one another when a force field suddenly surrounds their town and cuts them off from the rest of the world.

This is the first sci-fi undertaking for Showtime in quite some time as the network has been comfortable with quirky dramatic comedy series like United States of Tara and Weeds, costume dramas like The Borgias and The Tudors, and of course Dexter, easily their best running series. As for Spielberg, Falling Skies seems to have worked out all right, and Terra Nova is one the way, so he must be having some fun slapping his name and expertise on these TV endeavors. Under the Dome is certainly an enticing concept for a drama series, rich with a huge cast of characters and expansive story so I’m certainly interested to see how this turns out. Hit the jump to read the synopsis of the book.

under-the-dome-book-coverHere’s the synopsis:

When the smalltown of Chester’s Mill, Maine, is surrounded by an invisible force field, the people inside must exert themselves to survive. The situation deteriorates rapidly due to the dome’s ecological effects and the machinations of Big Jim Rennie, an obscenely sanctimonious local politician and drug lord who likes the idea of having an isolated populace to dominate. Opposing him are footloose Iraq veteran Dale “Barbie” Barbara, newspaper editor Julia Shumway, a gaggle of teen skateboarders and others who want to solve the riddle of the dome. King handles the huge cast of characters masterfully but ruthlessly, forcing them to live (or not) with the consequences of hasty decisions. Amazon

  • Marc

    Loved the novel. Despite the 1,000-plus page length it was actually quite a quick and absorbing read. Until the end of course….I’m one of King’s Constant Readers and always will be….but the man does not know how to end a story. Let’s hope they find a creative way to alter the “purpose” of the dome in this TV series.

  • mrbatmatt

    Well if they need someone to pour their heart and soul into the project and who has also successfully worked with Stephen King… I read some place that Frank Darabont was available now and needed a HUGE comeback project…could work.

  • Angel of Death

    COOL! A TV show based on The Simpsons Movie. :P

  • Rev. Slappy

    Marc took the words out of my mouth — the novel is great for 900 or so pages. And then the ending is awful.

  • Smoking Robot

    I stopped reading King stories about 25 years ago. The man is a hack who steals shamelessly from anyone. Seriously….a thousand page book based on a Simpsons cartoon? That lack of shame puts King in a league all his own.

  • tarek

    Under the Dome is a hack of “Apparition des Surhommes” by B.R. Bruss, ( René Bonnefoy), published in 1953

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