Stephen King's Under The Dome series pushes ahead

News Louisa Mellor 29 Jan 2013 - 07:51

Brian K. Vaughan's 13-part adaptation of Stephen King's Under The Dome will begin in the US on the 24th of June...

Stephen King's take on the 'mysteriously sealed-off community' sci-fi premise, Under The Dome, started life as two partially written novels in the seventies and eighties, one going by the same name, and the other by the hopefully non-spoiler-revealing title The Cannibals.

Reworked into King's 2009 novel, Under The Dome tells the story of a small New England town separated from the outside world due to the appearance of an impenetrable barrier, which sets in motion a story about insularity, communities under pressure, and the town's fraught search for an explanation. Shall we take a moment now to get all the tedious comparisons to The Simpsons Movie out of our systems?

There, that's better. 

There are plenty of reasons to be excited about Under The Dome, not least of which is the involvement of executive producer Steven Spielberg, Lost writer Brian K. Vaughan and episode one director Niels Arden Oplev (The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo). Spielberg and King are steering the thirteen-episode summer series, which is scheduled to start airing on the 24th of June.

Casting is almost complete for Under The Dome and so far on the roll-call are We Bought A Zoo's Colin Ford, CSI: NY's Natalie Martinez, newcomer Alex Koch, The Secret Circle's Britt Robertson, Glee's Jolene Purdy, and Nashville's Nicholas Strong. Come back in June for our weekly reviews.

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