44-D’s Book Diaries: Stephen King And Steven Spielberg Team Up For Under The Dome

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Duo join forces to bring series to screen

Variety/Cynthia Littleton—It’s a potent combination: Stephen + Steven

Stephen King and Steven Spielberg are joining forces to develop a limited series based on King’s just-released supernatural thriller “Under the Dome.” DreamWorks TV has optioned the book and is looking to set it up as an event series, likely for cable. DreamWorks principal Stacey Snider was key in bringing the project to the company. Spielberg, King and Snider will exec produce along with DreamWorks TV chiefs Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey. The book, which has earned strong reviews as a return to form for the prolific author, revolves around the drama that unfolds after an invisible force field suddenly descends on a small vacation town in Maine. As the locals fight for their survival, the town descends into warring factions led by enigmatic characters.

DreamWorks is starting to meet with writers for the project. The plan is to set a writer before shopping the skein to prospective buyers.

Spielberg and King have worked together in the past, developing a screen adaptation of King’s 1984 novel “The Talisman,” on which Spielberg has had the option for more than 20 years. That project has been developed as a feature, and it came close to being done as a mini for TNT a few years ago until it was tabled for budgetary reasons.

The “Dome” deal continues a burst of activity on the smallscreen side for Spielberg and DreamWorks TV. Among the high-profile projects in the works is a series about the development of a fictional Broadway tuner for Showtime. Another Showtime contender is a costume-drama revolving around the Borgia clan, penned by Neil Jordan and with Robert Zemeckis also producing.

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2 responses to “44-D’s Book Diaries: Stephen King And Steven Spielberg Team Up For Under The Dome

  1. audiegrl

    I just started the book last night…it looks to be a great one. Great in the tradition of the The Stand, where you learn so much about the characters that it almost seems like you actually, really know them.

    My one complaint? Weighing in at over 1000 pages, this book is heavy. No, not heavy as in deep, but actually physically heavy.

    Damn Stephen! By the time I finish this novel, my arms are going to be as buff as the First Lady’s! 😉

  2. audiegrl

    Okay, I finished all 1074 pages. 😉

    It was very, very good. Also, included in the story were real life cable news pundits. Wolf “Wolfie” Blitzer, Candy Crowley, Suzanne Malvoux, Anderson Cooper from CNN and Jake Tapper from ABC News.

    There was no mention of MSNBC pundits at all, and only one or two disparaging lines about Fox News.

    This was also the first fiction I’ve read this year that included President Obama as the sitting President.

    Never one to miss an opportunity, Stephen King’s main villain in the novel is named Jim Rennie, a Second Selectman of Chester Mills, Maine. Rennie is a evangelical car salesman, who has a penchant for demagoguery and murder, when he doesn’t get his way. As a side note, Rennie has a photo of himself shaking Sarah Palin’s hand on his desk and doesn’t believe Prez Obama was born in this country.

    So the Birther’s have finally made it into popular fiction. Really, I guess that is where they belong. 😉

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