Steven Spielberg and Stephen King are getting together to make a supernatural thriller. Sold yet?
According to Variety, Dreamworks TV is developing a limited series based on the recently released King novel Under the Dome, a supernatural thriller that unfolds after an invisible force field is suddenly descends on a small vacation town in Maine. The locals take to fighting for their survival, but end up in a sort of Lord of the Flies situation that involves plenty of in-fighting.
Dreamworks is currently out looking for writers, which they will hire before they look to sell it to a network. And from where I’m sitting, it sounds like the kind of thing that could work for a cable network such as HBO or Showtime, but I wouldn’t rule out a primetime friendly version made for a major network like ABC.
Here’s a full description of the book’s 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.
The book itself has been getting high praise from all over. Author Neil Gaiman called it one of his “favourite books of the year,” while Publisher’s Weekly called it “formidably complex and irresistibly compelling.” Like any work of Stephen King though, there will be trepidation in the hearts of fans as an adaptation is developed — quite often King’s work doesn’t translate as well to screen, for various reasons. Of course, King has never been adapted by Spielberg and crew. Spielberg did hold the rights to The Talisman for over 20-years, but was never able to make anything of it. Lets hope things go better this time around.
You can pick up a copy of Under the Dome, which was released on November 10th, over at Amazon. Also, check out this promotional video for the book below.