Steven Spielberg and Stephen King to unite for Dome series
Story by Jack Foley
STEVEN Spielberg is joining forces with horror writer Stephen King to develop a new limited series based on the author’s just-released supernatural thriller Under The Dome.
Spielberg’s DreamWorks TV has optioned the book and is set to turn the novel into an event series for cable.
The book centres around the drama that’s created when an invisible force field suddenly descends on a small vacation town in Maine.
As the locals fight for survival, warring factions are created by enigmatic characters.
Under The Dome would mark the second collaboration between Spielberg and King, following their adaptation of King’s 1984 novel The Talisman.
It also marks the latest small screen project from Spielberg, who is also developing a series about the development of a fictional Broadway show for Showtime, as well as a costume-drama revolving around the Borgia clan that Robert Zemeckis is also producing.
DreamWorks TV also produces the acclaimed dramedy United States of Tara, for which Toni Collette was recognised with the lead comedy actress Emmy in September. That show is due to commence its second season in March 2010.
Spielberg is also involved in a follow-up to his acclaimed World War II series, Band of Brothers, for the small screen.