I’m feeling like a kid in a candy store. I’m happy as hell.
Stephen King and Steven Spielberg are teaming up next summer to bring to the television screen the film adaptation of Under the Dome, which will premiere on CBS. For those not familiar with the 1072 page book, the story takes place in Chester’s Mill, Maine. The day starts out like any other day where folks are running errands, Iraq vet Dale Barbara is attempting to leave town and and animals are grazing in a nearby field. Then the unexpected happens. A plane crashes, animals are cut in half and the town is cut off by an invisible dome.
Now you would think the novel would be about the dome. Nope. That wouldn’t be your typical King novel. He loves to set up conflicts between the characters. The town is divided. You have good versus evil and the corrupt politician Big Jim Rennie along with his son are hiding their own secrets.
When I heard that the book was being turned into a film, I was ecstatic. Its one of my favorite King novels because of the strong character development. I must say that I tend to like his television movies better than the big screen adaptations. With the novels being so long, I think multiple episodes allow you to stay truer to the novel.
The 13-episode series will premiere on CBS at 10 p.m. on Monday, June 24.