The much anticipated TV adaptation of Stephen King's "Under The Dome" is set to air June 24 announced CBS (Spolier TV, Jan 12). The 13 episode series will air on Mondays at 10 p.m. bumping Hawaii Five-O to Fridays.
For those who are not familiar with King’s best selling novel of the same name, “Under The Dome” is about a small town called Chester Mills that without warning, becomes sealed off from the rest of the world via a transparent dome. The residents of the town must learn to survive while trying to determine what the dome is and why it is there. They will face a shortage of food, supplies and humanity: “There’s only so much heat, only so much food. It was a chance to talk about the depletion of resources and how people behave in extraordinary circumstances.”
“At the time that it comes down, the wife of the town’s selectman is taking flying lessons and the plane hits this invisible dome,” described King. “The pilot just sees the nose of the plane crumble and parts of the plane hit the ground. The gradual realization of what this thing is should be powerful. I thought of it as a force field. TVs won’t work, electronics won’t work.”
The series will be produced by Steven Spielberg's Amblin Entertainment and the script was written by Brian K. Vaughn. King, who has read the script says he is happy with the job that Brian did and is pleased that the series will be under Spielberg’s company. ““I read Brian’s pilot script and thought it was terrific,” noted King. “It’s like the book in a lot of ways. It takes different directions from the book in other ways and that’s good. I think that Amblin television is the natural place for ‘Under the Dome’ to go. I always felt like [Steven] Spielberg’s view of American Life and mine are similar. We both see the extraordinary things in ordinary things and people.”
King also says there are a few changes fans of the book shouldn’t be too worried about changes and they are excited that the series will expand upon the book. “That’s what TV is for. It’s an expansive medium. The novel only covers a short period of time. The idea of the TV series is not to extended it for a week, but months.”