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CBS Green Lights Stephen King's 'Under the Dome' for TV Series to Air Summer 2013

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by Beth Hanna
November 30, 2012 12:09 PM
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Cover detail from Stephen King's "Under the Dome"

CBS has ordered 13 episodes of Steven Spielberg's Amblin Television TV series adaptation of Stephen King's 2009 sci-fi novel "Under the Dome," about a small New England town suddenly and inexplicably sealed off under a gigantic transparent dome. Niels Arden Oplev, who helmed the Swedish version of "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo," is set to direct the series' first episode.

Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan, who review the book here, compare it more to "The Mist" than "The Stand," which has been giving adapter Ben Affleck a tough time.

The screenwriting team includes King himself, along with Neal Baer, Justin Falvey, Darryl Frank, DreamWorks partner Stacey Snider and Brian K. Vaughn ("Lost"); all of whom will serve as executive producers on the show.

CBS, aware that apocalyptic sci-fi shows like "Walking Dead" are cleaning up on cable, picked up the series from Showtime It's scheduled to air in summer of 2013. CBS-owned Simon & Schuster will re-release the trade paperback and e-book through its Pocket Books imprint in the meantime.

Here's the official synopsis:

“UNDER THE DOME is the story of a small New England town that is suddenly and inexplicably sealed off from the rest of the world by an enormous transparent dome.  The town’s inhabitants must deal with surviving the post-apocalyptic conditions while searching for answers to what this barrier is, where it came from and if and when it will go away.”

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  • Brian | November 30, 2012 5:33 PMReply

    There was a 3-D movie called "The Bubble" (aka "The Fantastic Invasion of Planet Earth"), made in 1966 by Arch Oboler and starring Michael Cole and Deborah Walley, that has the exact same plot as "Under the Dome." I'm not saying the earlier film, which is reportedly not very good, couldn't benefit from a remake, but it would have been nice if King had acknowledged where he got the idea.

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