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Spielberg, King Bringing 'Under the Dome' to TV

by Scott Harris, posted Nov 20th 2009 12:15PM
You can pinch yourself all you want, but you aren't dreaming: Steven Spielberg and Stephen King are teaming up for a TV show.

In the greatest Steven/Stephen combination since Carell and Colbert left 'The Daily Show', Variety is reporting that King and Spielberg are collaborating on an adaptation of King's latest novel, 'Under The Dome', which has been optioned by DreamWorks TV with the likely intent of turning it into a major cable event.

King, of course, remains one of the most prolific writers in America, especially when it comes to works adapted for television or film; the acclaimed horror author has had no fewer than 33 feature films alone based on his stories, including classics such as 'Cujo', 'Carrie' and 'Stand By Me'. In the realm of television his record is a little spottier, though it does include popular events such as 'Salem's Lot,' 'It' and 'The Stand'.You can pinch yourself all you want, but you aren't dreaming: Steven Spielberg and Stephen King are teaming up for a TV show.

In the greatest Steven/Stephen combination since Carell and Colbert left 'The Daily Show', Variety is reporting that King and Spielberg are collaborating on an adaptation of King's latest novel, 'Under The Dome', which has been optioned by DreamWorks TV with the likely intent of turning it into a major cable event.

King, of course, remains one of the most prolific writers in America, especially when it comes to works adapted for television or film; the acclaimed horror author has had no fewer than 33 feature films alone based on his stories, including classics such as 'Cujo', 'Carrie' and 'Stand By Me'. In the realm of television his record is a little spottier, though it does include popular events such as 'Salem's Lot,' 'It' and 'The Stand'.

Bringing Spielberg aboard, however, likely limits the chances of another television dud, as the material would seem to be perfectly suited for the producer behind such creepy horror/sci-fi hybrids as 'Poltergeist,' 'Twilight Zone: the Movie' and 'Gremlins'. The book, which has been getting positive reaction from reviewers and critics, takes place in a small Maine town and details the battle for surivival that citizens wage when they are trapped inside a mysterious force field.

A small Maine town, a mysterious force and Steven Spielberg? Sounds like the perfect recipe for a night of skin-crawling television. We can't wait.

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