Stephen King's Under the Dome
CBS is moving forward with Under the Dome, a drama based on Stephen King's 2009 novel, for the upcoming summer 2013 season. The network requested a straight-to-season order of 13 episodes of the science fiction series.
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"This is a great novel coming to the television screen with outstanding auspices and in-season production values to create a summer programming event," Nina Tassler, president of CBS Entertainment, said in a statement. "We're excited to transport audiences Under the Dome and into the extraordinary world that Stephen King has imagined."
The serialized drama, which will be produced by Steven Spielberg's Amblin Entertainment, tells the story of a small New England town that becomes sealed off from the world by an over-sized transparent dome (much like in The Simpsons Movie). But instead of running around with Spider Pig, the town's inhabitants are faced with dire and deadly circumstances due to the dome's arrival. Under the Dome will follow the citizen's survival as they try to learn more about the dome and how to get rid of it.
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Simon & Schuster, who printed King's original novel, will cross-promote Under the Dome along with CBS. In preparation for the show's summer premiere, Under the Dome will be re-released in paperback and electronic editions in April 2013. After each episode, CBS will also make a multi-platform window available tied to the broadcast.
Niels Arden Oplev, who directed the Swedish version of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, will helm the first episode. King, Neal Baer, Justin Falvey, Darryl Frank and Stacey Snider join Lost's Brian K. Vaughan, who wrote the adaptation, as executive producers.