Stephen King's Rose Madder and Under The Dome heading to the screen

News Glen Chapman 8 Nov 2011 - 20:36

The latest on the proposed adaptations of Stephen King's Rose Madder and Under The Dome...

Stephen King adaptations, as many of you well know, have their moments, but not all of them tend to be good ones. Still, with a movie of The Stand on the way, there's still an appetite to bring his work to the screen. And two more projects have just moved forward, too.

The first is an adaptation of Rose Madder, which follows a woman who escapes from an abusive husband to the safety of a women’s refuge. Whilst there, she’s able to escape by travelling through a painting, but the threat of her husband finding her never seems far away.

Naomi Sheridan (In America) has written the script for the planned movie on this one, and Palomar Pictures hope to begin shooting the project within the next year and a half.

The second project is a TV adaptation of Under the Dome for Showtime. This one was originally announced in the summer, but nothing much has happened since that initial announcement. Now it has been confirmed that the show has found its writer in Brian K Vaughan. He's worked on Lost, as well as earning acclaim for his comic book work on the likes of Y: The Last Man, Runaways, Ex-Machina and Prince of Baghdad.

From the description of Under the Dome it doesn’t sound dissimilar thematically to Lost, as its about a group of people cut off from the world. But rather than being on a mysterious island their small town in Maine is surrounded by a mysterious force field. We'll see how that pans out when it hits the small screen in due course.

More news on these as we get it.

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Yes and no. The Simpson's movie is obviously a comedy, whereas Under the Dome is definitely not. Stephen King started on Under the Dome back in the 70's and came back to it in the '80s, but it wasn't published until 2009, two years after the Simpson's Movie came out. Even if SK was inspired by The Simpson's movie, the two stories are very, very different.

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