Stephen King’s Under the Dome Moving Closer Toward TV

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We’ve known for a while that Steven Spielberg and Stephen King were joining forces to develop a limited TV series based on King’s supernatural thriller Under the Dome, and now that the project has found a writer, it looks like things should be heating up shortly.

According to a story in Variety focusing on Spielberg’s ever-increasing presence on projects heading to the small screen, “The River” writer Michael Green is [currently] at work adapting the Stephen King tome Under the Dome in preparation for DreamWorks TV to shop to broadcast and cable buyers in a few months.

Book Synopsis:
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.

Stephen King's Under the Dome Moving Closer Toward TV

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  • Cinemascribe

    Sweeeeeet. I read a piece written by King way back where he revealed that the miniseries Rose Red evolved from a meeting he had with Spielberg,who wanted to collaborate with the author on a new haunted house flick. Obviously that specific collaboration didn’t happen and King developed the project elsewhere, but it’s good to know that two visionaries who have wanted to work together for a long time are finally doing with an adaptation which -if it hews closely to the novel – should make for an outstanding miniseries. Consider my interest fully piqued for this one. I just hope they go with cable.TNT would be perfect for this, given what they would allow them to get away with. either that or AMC, who wowed everyone with the surprisingly content-permissive The Walking Dead.

    I have to say,between this project and The Dark Tower adaptation, it appears the next year or two is going to bring a brand new King media blitz. Good. Fuck Stephanie Meyer’s wussy vampires whose adaptations have tainted the cinema as of late.. Let’s see some dark fantasy/horror courtesy of the man who literally wrote the book on the genre.

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