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Stephen King and Spielberg teaming up for Under the Dome Showtime series

Aug. 30, 2011by: Paul Tassi

It's not quite movie news, but when Steven Spielberg and Stephen King team up, it should probably interest a few. His DARK TOWER series may never get the film or TV treatment, but another of King's more recent series is getting a chance to shine on Showtime with some help from Spielberg.

The pair is combining to bring the 2009 novel Under the Dome to the small screen with a new series from the network most famously known for Weeds and Dexter.

In the book, a small town finds itself cut off from the rest of the world via a forcefield. It's unclear whether this will be a set-run miniseries, or something that would span multiple seasons, but the term "drama series" would seem to indicate the latter.

Dreamworks' TV division is expanding more and more lately, with three new shows alone this fall, Smash on NBC, The River on ABC and Terra Nova on Fox. Now getting into pay channels like Showtime, it's casting an even wider net.

What do any fans of the book make of this? Would Under the Dome make for a good series?

Extra Tidbit: I'm actually happy THE DARK TOWER fell through. There was no way that was going to work.
Source: Deadline

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6:42AM on 08/31/2011
Hopefully they will change some parts of the story. Like making the Vader File subplot actually go somewhere instead of being a shaggy dog story.
Hopefully they will change some parts of the story. Like making the Vader File subplot actually go somewhere instead of being a shaggy dog story.
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12:05AM on 08/31/2011
Don't forget about 'Californication' and 'Nurse Jackie'.

Showtime has alot of great shows.
Don't forget about 'Californication' and 'Nurse Jackie'.

Showtime has alot of great shows.
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11:07PM on 08/30/2011

King and Speilberg???

YAY!
YAY!
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6:44PM on 08/30/2011

Great book. Weak ending (as usual)

King is great at building characters, and this book really makes you care about the good guys and hate the bad guys, but as usual, King spends so much time on the characters that he ends up having to wrap it all up rather quickly and weakly. Much like The Stand.
King is great at building characters, and this book really makes you care about the good guys and hate the bad guys, but as usual, King spends so much time on the characters that he ends up having to wrap it all up rather quickly and weakly. Much like The Stand.
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9:02PM on 08/30/2011
I'm sorry but all I think of when I see this is the episode of the Simpsons, the concept seems more suited for them than King.
And I have to agree after just finishing the Dark Tower...Kings endings need work. Although he does warn you in the Tower series.
I'm sorry but all I think of when I see this is the episode of the Simpsons, the concept seems more suited for them than King.
And I have to agree after just finishing the Dark Tower...Kings endings need work. Although he does warn you in the Tower series.
12:36AM on 08/31/2011
Just like Gordie in Stand By Me :)
Just like Gordie in Stand By Me :)
6:03PM on 08/30/2011
I know he doesn't match King's description, but for some reason I always pictured Jesse Tyler Ferguson from Modern Family as Rusty Everett. Someone like Sam Worthington would make an awesome Dale Barbara. I can't wait for this series. This has the potential to be Showtime's Game of Thrones or Walking Dead.
I know he doesn't match King's description, but for some reason I always pictured Jesse Tyler Ferguson from Modern Family as Rusty Everett. Someone like Sam Worthington would make an awesome Dale Barbara. I can't wait for this series. This has the potential to be Showtime's Game of Thrones or Walking Dead.
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5:50PM on 08/30/2011
I hope they get the hopelessness and despair right. Big Jim Rennie is one of the most hateable characters I've ever read, and I could easily see him existing in real life.
I hope they get the hopelessness and despair right. Big Jim Rennie is one of the most hateable characters I've ever read, and I could easily see him existing in real life.
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5:48PM on 08/30/2011
Only if Homer Simpson blows up the dome by riding a motorcycle up it while wearing a big cowboy hat.
Only if Homer Simpson blows up the dome by riding a motorcycle up it while wearing a big cowboy hat.
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4:31PM on 08/30/2011
Spielberg should be shot in the face for even thinking about ruining Stephen King's works.

He's going to fill it with schmaltzy feel good family bullshit. Just like he does with everything else. The book has none of that in it and is all the better for it.
Spielberg should be shot in the face for even thinking about ruining Stephen King's works.

He's going to fill it with schmaltzy feel good family bullshit. Just like he does with everything else. The book has none of that in it and is all the better for it.
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1:17AM on 08/31/2011
Yeah because Schindler's List, Saving Private Ryan, and Jaws are sooooo family friendly.... Excuse whilst I laugh at you.
Yeah because Schindler's List, Saving Private Ryan, and Jaws are sooooo family friendly.... Excuse whilst I laugh at you.
4:28PM on 09/01/2011
Wow this might be one of the dumbest and most negative comments yet on this site. Name is pretty bad too.
Wow this might be one of the dumbest and most negative comments yet on this site. Name is pretty bad too.
4:06PM on 08/30/2011

Stevenlapalooza

Stephen King & Steven Spielberg? Check!
Steven Seagal as James "Big Jim" Rennie.

Stephen Dorff as Junior Rennie.

Stephen Tobolowsky as Police Chief Howard "Duke" Perkins.

Stephen Root as the incompetent new Police Chief, Peter Randolph

Stephen Rea as Colonel James O. Cox

Stephen Colbert & Stephen Baldwin as comic relief.

Steven Tyler belting out the #1 single on the soundtrack.

Stephen Sondheim handling the music score.

...and finally, you just KNOW which final
Stephen King & Steven Spielberg? Check!
Steven Seagal as James "Big Jim" Rennie.

Stephen Dorff as Junior Rennie.

Stephen Tobolowsky as Police Chief Howard "Duke" Perkins.

Stephen Root as the incompetent new Police Chief, Peter Randolph

Stephen Rea as Colonel James O. Cox

Stephen Colbert & Stephen Baldwin as comic relief.

Steven Tyler belting out the #1 single on the soundtrack.

Stephen Sondheim handling the music score.

...and finally, you just KNOW which final "Steven" will be in this. He's done 3 King TV projects already. (The Shining, Desperation & Nightmares and Dreamscapes)

I'm of course talking about Steven Webber. He'll probably be cast as former Army Captain Dale "Barbie" Barbara. Sounds awesome...can't wait!
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6:07PM on 08/30/2011
Segal wouldn't work because at no point does Big Jim look at one of the cronies and say "tell your boss I'm coming for him!" :)
Segal wouldn't work because at no point does Big Jim look at one of the cronies and say "tell your boss I'm coming for him!" :)
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3:38PM on 08/30/2011
I thought they announced this news back when the book came out, but all the same this is cool.

I love the book and think it has the chance to translate well to the screen more successfully than some of King's other works.
I thought they announced this news back when the book came out, but all the same this is cool.

I love the book and think it has the chance to translate well to the screen more successfully than some of King's other works.
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2:51PM on 08/30/2011
i'd watch any adaptation of king's work, even tough it's hit and miss. add spielberg and i'm definitely down.
i'd watch any adaptation of king's work, even tough it's hit and miss. add spielberg and i'm definitely down.
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