Under The Dome, the newest novel from Stephen King (who wrote about 50,000 books including those in The Dark Tower series) will be adapted for TV by the producer of Schindler’s List, Amistad and Transformers (actually, Spielberg was the executive producer of that last one).  Collider clued us in.

The novel, released all of 10 days ago, follows the events in a sleepy Maine town after a mysterious dome entraps all of the inhabitants.  For a hint at what might happen in the story, a previous piece King wrote with the same premise was titled The Cannibals. The official Stephen King Website gives this synopsis of Under The Dome:

“On an entirely normal, beautiful fall day in Chester’s Mill, Maine, the town is inexplicably and suddenly sealed off from the rest of the world by an invisible force field. No one can fathom what this barrier is, where it came from, and when — or if — it will go away.

Dale Barbara, finds himself teamed with a few intrepid citizens — the town newspaper owner, a physician’s assistant at the hospital, a select-woman, and three brave kids. Against them stands Big Jim Rennie, a politician who will stop at nothing to hold on to the reins of power, and his son. Because time isn’t just short… It’s running out.”

Steven Spielberg is also executive producing The Talisman, due out in 2010, another project written by King.  Spielberg is also keeping himself busy with the upcoming Transformers 3 and Indiana Jones 5. Collider tells us that writers are currently being brought in to discuss an adaption of  Under The Dome (it’s 1,000 pages, BTW).

So, another dark Stephen King novel will get the live-action treatment.  Who do you think should direct this Spielberg-produced TV series?

No word on when Under The Dome will hit small screens everywhere.

Source: Stephen King Website, Collider