Another Stephen King best-seller is coming to TV in a high-profile project to be produced by Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Television.
CBS has ordered King’s “Under the Dome” direct to series, with Neal Baer (“Law & Order: SVU,” “ER”) on board as showrunner.
The initial order is for 13 episodes slated to air in summer 2013. Casting has not yet begun.
The story is based on King’s supernatural thriller from August 2011 about a small New England town that is suddenly, inexplicably enclosed in a transparent dome. The town’s inhabitants must then learn how to survive the post-apocalyptic conditions under the invisible force field, while trying to figure out where the barrier came from, and if it will ever go away.
The project was originally being developed at Showtime, but instead has been snapped up by its broadcast network cousin. It’s a big departure for CBS, who’s aging out of its usual procedural/cop drama fare, but it’s a worthy gamble, even in terms of the always risky serialized genre, after the Eye’s lackluster fall 2012 TV season in which two of its four freshman series have already been cancelled.
“This is a great novel coming to the television screen with outstanding auspices and in-season production values to create a summer programming event,” said Nina Tassler, president of CBS Entertainment. “We’re excited to transport audiences Under the Dome and into the extraordinary world that Stephen King has imagined.”