We’ve known for a while that Steven Spielberg and Stephen King were joining forces to develop a TV series based on King’s supernatural thriller Under the Dome, and now that the project has found a home at Showtime, things should be heating up shortly.
Deadline reports that, in one of Showtime’s “most ambitious” undertakings, the pay cable network is partnering with Spielberg and King for “Under the Dome”, a drama series based on King’s 2009 novel, which will be produced by DreamWorks Television. The supernatural thriller 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.
DreamWorks’ Spielberg and Stacey Snider nabbed the rights to King’s novel shortly after it was published in November 2009 to strong reviews, and although it was previously reported that “The River” scribe Michael Green was working on a script, a new search is under way for a writer for the project, whose executive producers will include King and DreamWorks TV’s Justin Falvey and Darryl Frank. Spielberg has a longstanding relationship with King, previously teaming with the bestselling author to adapt his 1984 novel The Talisman, which was originally developed as a feature and then as a miniseries that was once set up at TNT.
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.
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