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CBS has decided to pick up an ambitious series based on Stephen King’s novel Under the Dome, ordered 13 episodes to be produced. The project will be produced by CBS Television Studios with Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Entertainment.
Under the Dome centers on a small New England town that is suddenly broken off from the rest of the world by a clear dome. The residents have to find ways to survive the their post-apocalyptic world while searching for the dome’s secrets.
“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.”
According to Entertainment Weekly, the project started out at Showtime. CBS is better known for its crime procedurals, but since NBC has found success with Revolution and AMC continues to draw viewers for The Walking Dead, the network has decided to take another shot at a serialized drama.
Lost writer Brian K. Vaughan has penned the series, which will use the book as more of a launching pad. It is not going to be a mini-series and the season will end with a cliffhanger.
Niels Arden Oplev, who directed the Swedish Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, will direct the pilot.
Deadline notes that CBS plans on airing the show next summer, which will also feature the return of the Poppy Montgomery-starring Unforgettable.
Neal Baer, King, Justin Falvey, Darryl Frank, Stacey Snider and Vaughn will executive produce the series.
Under the Dome is also a prime example of corporate synergy. It began at Showtime, which is owned by CBS Corp. The book was published by Simon & Schuster, which is also owned by CBS.