Because shoving an entire city underneath a mysterious dome hasn’t been done before, right Simpsons family? Jokes aside, the Stephen King novel is less jaundiced people and their wacky shenanigans, and more tense situations that explores the ramifications of such an act.
The project has been in development limbo for a while now, but it looks like production is finally moving forward, as Brian K Vaughn has been hired to help adapt the novel, as it moves to CBS.
CBS will be turning the original movie idea into a limited series instead, which will consist of 13 episodes in total for a winter release next year. Steven Spielberg’ s Amblin Entertainment will still produce the show, while Niels Arden “The girl with the dragon tattoo” Oplev will direct the first episode.
The Stephen King novel might actually be better suited to this format. It’s a big story, and one that involves drugs, corruption, chaos and rebellion inside the dome,. Here’s the original novel synopsis:
On an entirely normal, beautiful fall day in Chester’s Mill, Maine, the town is inexplicably and suddenly sealed off from the rest of the world by an invisible force field. Planes crash into it and fall from the sky in flaming wreckage, a gardener’s hand is severed as “the dome” comes down on it, people running errands in the neighboring town are divided from their families, and cars explode on impact.
No one can fathom what this barrier is, where it came from, and when — or if — it will go away. Dale Barbara, Iraq vet and now a short-order cook, finds himself teamed with a few intrepid citizens — town newspaper owner Julia Shumway, a physician’s assistant at the hospital, a select-woman, and three brave kids.
Against them stands Big Jim Rennie, a politician who will stop at nothing — even murder — to hold the reins of power, and his son, who is keeping a horrible secret in a dark pantry. But their main adversary is the Dome itself. Because time isn’t just short. It’s running out.
According to Deadline, the story adaptation from Vaugn will have “kept the general conceit and many of the characters from the book but also introduced some new characters as regulars and tweaked some details and backstory for the existing ones.”
King seems to be happy with the direction so far, or has been paid enough cash in any event, and has signed off on the changes made to his original book.