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.
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