The television adaptation of Stephen King’s novel Under the Dome has undergone a bit of a tune-up. The series was originally being developed by comic book/TV writer Brian K. Vaughan (Lost) for Showtime with Steven Spielberg onboard as a producer, but now it appears that the TV adaptation will be moving to CBS. For those unfamiliar, the supernatural thriller pits local folks against each other when they discover that their vacation town in Maine has been cut off from the rest of the world by a mysterious force field. Hit the jump for more on the CBS iteration of the series.
Per Variety, CBS has given the show a straight-to-series 13-episode order. In a move that has become more common in the wake of cable’s increasing dominance over the airwaves, the series will be aired next summer. Vaughan penned the adaptation and will still be onboard as a producer, but the network has brought in Neal Baer (A Gifted Man, Law & Order: SVU) to executive produce and serve as showrunner. Spielberg and DreamWorks’ Stacey Snider remain onboard as executive producers as well. Additionally, The Eye is readying a deal to make Under the Dome episodes available for streaming shortly after the eps premiere on the network.
Niels Arden Oplev, who directed the Swedish adaptation of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, has been tapped to helm the first segment of the sci-fi series, though this isn’t his first foray into television; Oplev previously directed the CBS pilot for the aptly named Unforgettable. Though it would have been nice to see the adaptation take advantage of the creative freedoms found on cable, hopefully we’ll see a satisfying iteration of the show on CBS. Vaughan’s involvement is certainly encouraging.