Steven Spielberg & Stephen King To Bring ‘Under The Dome’ To Showtime

Published 4 years ago by , Updated February 15th, 2014 at 4:27 pm,

stephen king under the dome showtime Steven Spielberg & Stephen King To Bring Under The Dome To Showtime

Steven Spielberg is paying close attention to his television production duties – with programs like TNT’s Falling Skies, and the upcoming Terra Nova on Fox – and will now be partnering with horror-maestro Stephen King to bring Under the Dome to Showtime.

Under the Dome revolves around the mystery of Chester’s Mill, Maine; a town that has been surrounded by an invisible force field, which completely severs the townspeople from the outside world. For many, the incident is terrifying and deadly, but for a select few – led by Big Jim Rennie ­– it marks a means by which to grab control of the town, and twist it to suit his murderous agenda.

While it doesn’t carry the weight of the long-gestating The Dark Tower film/television series, Spielberg obviously saw the potential for Under the Dome right away. He and fellow Dreamworks cohort Stacey Snider secured the rights to the property just a few months after it was published in 2009.

Right now, Spielberg and King are the only ‘names’ attached, but the search is on for someone to head up writing duties for the pilot, and more. With frequent King adapter Frank Darabont’s dismissal from The Walking Dead, perhaps he can step in and show everyone how a proper Stephen King novel is brought to life.

Whomever is chosen to begin the process of transferring Under the Dome from novel to cable series, it would mark one of the few times King’s material has been directly used in such a way. The current Syfy series Haven is based on a King story called “The Colorado Kid”, but King’s history on television has historically come in the form of made-for-TV miniseries like It, The Stand and The Shining – the latter being a remake of a film, while the other two are coincidentally being reworked into feature films at this time.


Under the Dome is being proposed as an ongoing series, so there is certainly some concern as to how long King’s novel (which weighs in at over 1,000 pages in hardcover form) can maintain viewer interest about a town trapped inside a force field. Given Spielberg and King’s history of spinning a quality yarn or two, it’s unlikely there will be a shortage of ideas, but that may mean a radical departure from the source material – and hopefully The Simpson’s Movie, which shares more than a few commonalities with Dome.

Showtime will likely view Under the Dome as its chance to catch up to HBO’s hit genre series Game of Thrones and AMC’s The Walking Dead – which King has been rumored as a potential guest writer on at some point, though with the show’s regime change, it’s unclear whether that is still in the works.

With Spielberg and King’s names all over this new series, there’s no doubt it will garner a great deal of attention.


Follow Screen Rant for more coverage of Under the Dome as news emerges.

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  1. Lmao, The Simpsons Movie. I think it’ll be hard for me to shake that thought while watching this show… I wonder if they’ll turn it to where the dome is some government conspiracy, or maybe at some point the dome gets smaller and smaller (like the Stargate SG1 episode), or maybe someone new mysteriously appears inside the dome… I guess there are a lot of possibilities…

    • Have you read the book? It’s so full of sub plots (the Chef, the kids, etc.) they don’t need to come up with stuff like you mentioned.

    • Let’s not forget that Under the Dome took form decades before the Simpson’s movie was released. It just took a really long time for King to get back to it.

  2. I’d love to see that. Under The Dome is a great book. John Goodman would be a great Big Jim.

    • That casting would be spot on

    • My friend and I who are big fans of the book have also said that John Goodman would be a good Big Jim!!!!

      • Thought Goodman would be a great Big Jim when I was reading the book. Hope it happens.

    • While reading the book I though the exact same thing! I couldn’t get the picture of him out of my head as I read it.

    • As soon as I read it I thought the same thing concerning John Goodman.

    • I always imagined a mustached Powers Boothe as Rennie.

      • Powers Boothe is the man I have in my head as I’m reading it. It could be a wonderful TV series if it’s done correctly.

  3. I prefer Haven.

  4. It is a great great book, and it would be great to watch it on TV.
    I would also love to see Spielberg trying to make something out of Duma Key…

    • Duma Key would be great to see as well I agree.

  5. I enjoyed the book (completely different from The Simpsons movie), but I didn’t love it as much as I’d like to. However, I definitely see it translating well on screen. Definitely excited for it.

  6. I’m surprised they haven’t gone full steam into a mini series on Dark Tower itself first. I’ve heard rumors about that coming out a long time ago. Has anyone heard or read somthing about that lately? I read the first book years ago and that really seemed to be made for a mini series….

    • There was supposed to be 3 movies and a tv series produced by Ron Howard and Brian Grazer, but it got scrapped because of budget concerns by the studio (Universal I think).

    • In fact I ‘m pretty sure there’s actually a story somewhere on this site talking about it. I think it’s under the movies section.

  7. Sergio, YES Duma Key!!!

    But I am excited for this in many ways – and John Goodman isn’t horrible enough to play Big Jim. No way in hell.

    I gotta say the only person I kept seeing for Junior was the fellow who plays Jason Stackhouse. He’d be perfect.

    • I think Goodman could surprise us as an evil character. And somehow I thought of Sebastian Stan as Junior.

  8. I already can’t wait to see the series finale episode, haha. It is going to look pretty cool on screen!

  9. I’ll probably check this out seeing as how I like a lot of Stephen King’s ideas. I just can’t stand his writing. So a tv show would work for me, especially if Darabont is running it.

  10. I loved Under the Dome. Couldn’t put the book down for 3 days it took me to read it.I love Stephen King books. The plot, characters, and everything is always great but his endings are the absolute worst about 90% of the time.

  11. Kevin you forget the very popular USA TV series, The Deadzone. This was a television series based on the book that was first turned into a movie starring the great Christopher Walken. The series run was well received by audiences and starred Anthony Michael Hall as the lead role.

  12. If it is anything like the TV series Falling Skies–I’ll pass.

    • Yeah falling skies is dull. They should get the writers of Jericho.

  13. I found the book to be pretty dull, usually i like Stephen King.
    I agree about his endings though they are pretty weak and sadly spielberg does a shoddy job of endings also.
    This book does not need to be made into a series. Get Dean Koontz – Odd Thomas books made into a series instead :)

    • Definitely, after reading that first book in the Odd Thomas series I was like this would be such a freaking awesome movie!

    • Big fan of this book loved it but i do agree with you yes dean koontz odd thomas would be killer great book series

  14. Who will be cast to portray Big Jim Rennie in the Under the Dome mini series on Showtime? My vote for Gary Busey for Big Jim Rennie!

  15. Gary Busey would definitely make a better Rennie than Goodman, as long as he were as fat as Goodman. Or maybe Pastor Jim Hagee, the evangelist. He would make a good evil born-again car salesman. I also vote D.B. Sweeney for Barbie.

  16. You ppl have never read Dreamcatcher, Needful things, Rose Madder, etc. His endings were great in those. The best of the best was the complex ending in the Dark Half. Now you can waste your time and compare King to other writers. King laid the groundwork. The only book by King that had a bad ending was Cell, but the story leading up to that was priceless. Read “The Regulators” , please. That way you can see why everyone in my family loves this man. Thank you

  17. I think they should get edward norton to play barbie

  18. Omg, i love Under The Dome and i cant wait to see it turned into a movie :-)

  19. I love the Under the Dome. I just like King work. I just wish it would’nt be on Showtime. I don’t pay for Showtime, but for this I may have to added it to the cable bill.

  20. i submit:

    powers boothe as big jim rennie

    sebastian stan or jackson rathbone for junior (i feel jackson rathbone could be very interesting in an evil role; give it a think!)

    josh duhamel as barbie

    elizabeth reaser as julia shumway (?)

  21. Hmmmm, I came to search for this after synchronistically noticing that they would be filming the series in Wilmington and then noticing a copy of Under The Dome on my sister’s bookshelf. So….wow, big book but I guess I have to read it now, see if there’s a part for a 57 year old character actress to shine!

  22. Have you READ the book. This series could go on for years!

  23. Cant wait for this. Reading the book now, got about 300 pages left .

  24. Loved the book. I read it twice. Can’t wait for the series. Edward Norton is my pick for the part of Barbie.

    • Ooh, Jo Ann, when you mentioned Edward Norton, I pondered… but the person that came to mine almost immediately from there was Ryan Gosling. I vote Ryan Gosling for Barbie…and I’m hoping Neva Howell for Rose or Widow Perkins! My agents submitted me so keeping all appropriate appendages crossed.

  25. I borrowed this book from the library and I did not get to finish the book. When I first started reading the book I thought, hummm I can see this as a movie. (series). now I done a search on it I need to get the book and finish reading it.

  26. I loved the book…it’s Richard Scary’s Busy Town meets Stephen King “under the dome”. Hopefully the teleplay will translate well to the screen. I’ll be watching.

  27. Under the Dome is filming now. I have a friend who got an extras gig on the show as a towns person. I haven’t had any luck at all getting an audition. I suppose it may be too late now. Wilmington is about 4 1/2 hours from me and it would take something pretty special to drive that far. This is something pretty special. Keeping all appropriate appendages crossed that maybe, just maybe, I’ll get in before it’s all over.

  28. I don’t believe it will do well as a series,better as a mini series ala the stand, say eight hours?

  29. Gute Serie,gefällt mir.
    Aber nach dem Atomschlag müsste es ausserhalb der Kuppel ringsherum trostlos aussehen.Folge 8 stehen aber wieder Bäume und auch sonst alles green.
    Hoffe es wird nicht so wie bei anderen Projekten, das Serien eingestellt werden.
    Gruß Norbert