Stephen King and Steven Spielberg are teaming up to develop a new series on Showtime based on King's 200 novel Under the Dome. The two previously worked on The Talisman together.
The story revolves around locals a Maine locale who battle each other when a force field surrounds their town and cuts them off from the remainder of the world. The project is being produced by DreamWorks Television, King will executive produce the project as well. As of right now there is no writer attached.
This is going to make for an awesome TV series, especially with Spielberg and King so closely involved with it. I loved the book. If you haven't read it yet, you should check it out when you get the chance.
Here's the book description:
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.
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