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CBS has ordered straight to series an adaptation of Stephen King’s 2009 novel Under the Dome from Amblin Entertainment and Eisner-winning comics writer, and Lost alum, Brian K. Vaughan. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the 13-episode project will air next summer.
Announced in late August, the drama is based on the sci-fi thriller about a picturesque town in Maine that is suddenly and inexplicably sealed off from the world by an invisible force field. An ex-Army captain is trapped inside the town, where he teams with a handful of citizens, including three children, to oppose a politician attempting to seize power — and to discover the source of the Dome.
The series, which was initially developed for CBS corporate sibling Showtime, is produced by CBS Television Studios in association with Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Television. Niels Arden Oplev (The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo) will direct the first episode; King and Vaughan will executive produce alongside Neal Baer, Justin Falvey, Darryl Frank and Stacey Snider.
Vaughan, best known for his comics series Y: The Last Man, Ex Machina, Runaways and the current Saga, as well as the graphic novel Pride of Baghdad, wrote for ABC’s Lost during seasons three through five. Under the Dome is his first television work since leaving Lost in 2009.