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Sweet!! Spielberg’s Adaptation Of Stephen King’s UNDER THE DOME Lands On Showtime!!

Published at: Aug. 30, 2011, 4:33 p.m. CST

 

 

I am – Hercules!!

The Hollywood Reporter reports that Steven Spielberg's series adaption of Stephen King’s engrossing 2009 novel “Under the Dome” isn't just headed for TV, it's headed for pay cable, where all the book's gory mayhem may be done justice! 

The book's about a small town in Western Maine suddenly cut off from the rest of the world by a mysterious invisible force field.

No showrunner is attached, but hopefully they'll be VERY careful picking one out so we don't get another fucking "Defying Gravity," "FlashForward," "Stargate Universe," "V" or AMC "Prisoner."

Atop my wish-list is Ronald D. Moore, a key creative force on the latter-day "Star Trek" and "Battlestar Galactica" series who was the first showrunner on HBO's "Carnivale" and knows well how to handle small-town sci-fi from his work on "Roswell."

Frank Darabont would be amazing too, if his experience at "The Walking Dead" hasn't spooked him away from TV forever.

 Spielberg already has a fine relationship with Showtime via "United States of Tara." Though there's a lot of spectacular (and expensive-sounding) vehicular horror in the early chapters, I suspect "Dome" wouldn't cost as much as something like "Rome."

 I put it again to you, talkbackers! Who should play military fellows Ken and Barbie, and evil dealership owner Big Jim Rennie, and plucky Republican newspaper editor Julia Shumway? 

Find all of Hollywood Reporter’s story on the matter here!

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  • Aug. 30, 2011, 4:34 p.m. CST

    Simpsons Did it!

    by Domi'sInnerChild

  • Aug. 30, 2011, 4:34 p.m. CST

    I sound like i'm hating

    by IWasInJuniorHighDickhead

    but this was the worst King novel in a good while, and considering his post '88 output, that's saying something. It is sappy, formulaic dreck. Add a Spielbergian sheen and it will be nigh on unwatchable.

  • Aug. 30, 2011, 4:35 p.m. CST

    Looking forward to this, it was King's best book in years

    by ChickenStu

  • Aug. 30, 2011, 4:36 p.m. CST

    guess I am hating

    by IWasInJuniorHighDickhead

    but i'm not doing it randomly or for the sake of it. A bad novel, and padded to hell. I doubt they can find more than two hours of actual story in it.

  • Aug. 30, 2011, 4:36 p.m. CST

    Also, Spielberg should direct an adaptation of "Cell"

    by ChickenStu

    I've always wanted him to do a thriller again, in the same vein as "Duel" and "Jaws". Cell would be perfect.

  • Aug. 30, 2011, 4:45 p.m. CST

    Anyone working on Duma Key?

    by tangcameo

    Through the whole book I thought Jeff Fahey (with his Lost Lapidus beard) should be Edgar Freemantle. Just please! For Dome... No Mick Garris and no Steven Weber! I don't want to see 'comic book bland'.

  • Aug. 30, 2011, 4:46 p.m. CST

    Big Jim is a classic King character

    by performingmonkey

    What a juicy role that is for a 50-60-year-old fuck of an actor! The prime choice would be the guy who played Charles Logan on 24!

  • Aug. 30, 2011, 4:52 p.m. CST

    Interesting

    by ozliiifter

    With the glaring exception of the I'm-not-sure-how-to-end-this-book ending, I thought Under the Dome was an entertaining read. I'm not sure, though, how it will work as a series. Surely it won't be more than one season.

  • Aug. 30, 2011, 5:13 p.m. CST

    Brian Cox

    by gotilk

    Big Jim. Casted.

  • Aug. 30, 2011, 5:22 p.m. CST

    Big Jim

    by Comic_Madness

    Should be John Goodman. I kept picturing him as I read the novel. Thomas Jane as Barbie, Morgan Freeman as Ken.

  • Aug. 30, 2011, 5:36 p.m. CST

    Isn't this "Haven"?

    by v1cious

    I'm confused.

  • Aug. 30, 2011, 5:49 p.m. CST

    Big Jim

    by nonhero

    Can't you just see John Goodman in this role?

  • Aug. 30, 2011, 6:09 p.m. CST

    Brian Dennehy as Jim Rennie

    by Yurka

    Got to be, throughout the entire book he was the only actor I could see in the role.

  • Aug. 30, 2011, 6:12 p.m. CST

    But will there be necrophelia?

    by drewlicious

    And dogs who can see ghosts? And cosmic alien children? While the book had its strengths there was some pretty shitty writing all over the place. I really hope this adaptation is just a loose interpretation of the book. John Goodman would be good Jim Rennie but I wouldn't mind seeing Clancy Brown either. Too bad JT Walsh is dead because thats what I had in my head the whole time.

  • Aug. 30, 2011, 6:22 p.m. CST

    Big Jim

    by WhatTheHellHappenedToMe

    I feel a little bad for Ian McShane that he can't get out of playing exactly one character, but I heard Swearengen's voice in my head when reading him. I love the Brian Cox suggestion, though.

  • Aug. 30, 2011, 7:02 p.m. CST

    This novel

    by Therawbeats

    was fucking awesome. I'm really looking forward to seeing this. So many memorable characters. Big Jim Rennie and his son, the "Chef", Andy who begins as big Jim's puppet and then has an awesome arc... Hopefully they don't mess this up

  • Aug. 30, 2011, 7:06 p.m. CST

    G.D. Spradlin would have been gold

    by nolan bautista

    but alas...RIP Senator

  • Aug. 30, 2011, 7:08 p.m. CST

    As Big Jim

    by nolan bautista

    sorry about the mess..(tosses coin to bartender)

  • Aug. 30, 2011, 8:16 p.m. CST

    Great book! Couldn't put it down! Nothing like Haven.

    by Topher4801

    This could be really good on TV. And I love Haven, but Under the Dome is nothing like it. Big Jim is a real bastard.

  • Aug. 30, 2011, 8:22 p.m. CST

    ending sucked

    by katchoo67

    alien children? really? that's the best you could do? Almost as bad as 'giant alien spider.'

  • Aug. 30, 2011, 8:43 p.m. CST

    So fucked up and confused

    by proevad

    Used to read everything by King--haven't read anything by him in years but thought I would take a shot at this one because the concept sounds cool. I hear everything from it's his best novel, to it's a pile of shit, to he finally nailed an ending again, to he still can't write fucking endings--fuck. Guess I'll read it anyway.

  • Aug. 30, 2011, 9:16 p.m. CST

    poevad...

    by cptrios

    In my opinion? It is indeed a thoroughly engrossing book, and it does indeed have a good deal of padding. There's a also a load of unbelievable behavior on the part of "the townspeople," but plenty of excellent characters. And you will hate Big Jim as much as you've hated just about any other literary character. So all in all, totally worth reading, but flawed. And the ending IS terrible.

  • Aug. 30, 2011, 9:29 p.m. CST

    Dome disappointing ...

    by Ninja Nerd

    I am a King fan from way back; a "Constant Reader" indeed. As such, I remember Tommyknockers quite well and for me, Under The Dome was a poor retread of the same story. More accurately, it was an amalgam of previous stories and characters packaged to sell to the clueless. Didn't hate it...the man knows how to write, but he needs to get some new ideas. I liked Duma Key better and would rather see that as a cable series.

  • Aug. 30, 2011, 9:46 p.m. CST

    Decent enough book...

    by coosawatchie

    I'm glad it's getting the series treatment. High possibility it gets screwed up though. My ideal casting: Big Jim - Ciarin Hinds (although I like Brian Cox too) Barbie - Sam Trammell Julia - Kate Bosworth Rusty - John Corbett Junior Rennie - ?

  • Aug. 30, 2011, 9:59 p.m. CST

    But...Stephen King has written this already

    by LordJiggy

    Like, a 150 times? Sure, he changes up the details, swaps some names, but it's the same old same old. Hypocritical religious figure. Evil capitalist conservative/Republican. Smug sons of privilege abusing others. Unpleasant sex. (Usually) a psychic child. (Usually) a wise/magic negro. And finally, deux ex machina that he pulls out of his ass that is neither emotionally satisfying or particular compelling.

  • There's your blurb.

  • Aug. 30, 2011, 10:30 p.m. CST

    great book, shitty ending

    by FlameoHotman

    I loved this book, but the ending was fucking retarded. It was like King wrote the whole book, but let one his grand kids write the ending. Note to writers: stop making aliens the explanation to your story when nothing alien related happens!

  • Aug. 30, 2011, 11:06 p.m. CST

    Big Jim

    by Youth_N_Asia

    I pictured Aaron Eckhart in a fat suit for Big Jim when I read the book.

  • Aug. 30, 2011, 11:46 p.m. CST

    John Goodman IS Big Jim Rennie.

    by AdamDiran

    You'll love the feelin if John Goodman is dealin.....

  • Aug. 30, 2011, 11:52 p.m. CST

    Under the Dome.... King's zombie novel.

    by AdamDiran

    Vague spoilers below. A lot of people think that Cell is King's "zombie" novel. I say that its Under the Dome. In night of the living dead it wasn't the zombies that were responsible for the deaths. it was the reaction to the zombies. Panic, stupidity... that was always the real killer for Romero, and thats the real threat in Under the Dome. If this movie is shot with the spirit of a good Zombie apocolypse story (sans any zombies) I think they'll do well.

  • I can imagine the pitch: "It's Gray's Anatomy In Space! Only with even more slow-motion drippy chick-music montages! And the most piss-poor, tacked-on sci-fi plot we can think of! This show will make literally no fucking sense!"

  • Aug. 31, 2011, 2:49 a.m. CST

    I liked the book.

    by blackwood

    A lot. But we all need to give up the ghost that King will knock it out with his endings. Because... he doesn't. I think he's a great writer, but sometimes his storytelling lacks. Not that it was a bad ending -- it just wasn't as satisfying as the rest of the story. I read DOME in two sittings. It could be because I've been blitzing on the series, but I want this show to be sort of like BREAKING BAD -- especially how it's structured, each episode leading into the next, the whole timeline of the series being less than a year in the life. They have to be careful about drawing it out, but you could get three comfortable seasons with the premise and the characters IF AND ONLY IF you keep the tension high and the story moving. I am a big fan of the 'a community trapped in a' genre. MIST is my favourite story on those lines, and DOME was a good one. I have some hope.

  • Aug. 31, 2011, 3:47 a.m. CST

    Pity the book sucked to high heaven

    by Ciderman

    Just goes to show that, short of The Dark Tower, Stephen King books lately have stunk. The soapy nature of Under the Dome, the usual cast of characters we've had since The Stand, honestly, aside from the spectacular opening it bored me to tears, and don't get me started with the awful ending. It's like the guy has a formula on his Mac, enters in a few details and out pops the new 2000 page book. I'd rather Clive Barker or just go back to the classics like Stoker or Shelly than read another King book. Still waiting for a proper film of IT, not the shite miniseries, same goes for The Stand.

  • Aug. 31, 2011, 4:26 a.m. CST

    Brian Cox (for Big Jim).... still... BUT

    by gotilk

    I have to admit even I pictured John Goodman when I was reading it. After thinking about it for a while though, I think Brian Cox could really pull off the character. I think he can do the "real bastard" thing well. The kind of guy that's pure evil inside, but still thinks he's one of the "goodPEOPLE". (you know, like when folks say things like "he's ...good people".. ungh that shit gives me the creeps every time I hear it...because inevitably that means the opposite... )

  • Aug. 31, 2011, 4:31 a.m. CST

    Kids Alert

    by Gezoes

    Oh oh... lately Spielberg = mucho annoying kid roles.

  • Aug. 31, 2011, 5:06 a.m. CST

    ...and the book..

    by gotilk

    REALLY enjoyed it. NO, it's not classic King. It's not even great sci-fi. But I really think he was going for something different, and I appreciated it. Loved the audiobook version, really added to it. It was a little long for what it was, and I do think they will need to pad it in some places and compress it in others, but it should work as a miniseries. I read Dome right after some Cormac McCarthy (The Road), so maybe Dome was better than I thought it was. lol

  • Aug. 31, 2011, 5:09 a.m. CST

    adamdiran

    by gotilk

    I think you're spot on with that comment. That would be the right way to go with the look and feel of the show (miniseries please!!! don't drag it out!!!).

  • Aug. 31, 2011, 7:32 a.m. CST

    Opinion. (Minor spoiler.)

    by Travis Anderson

    Cell was King's zombie novel, errrr. And they need to go the unknown route here. New, fresh actors, especially for Barbie. And they need to keep all they can, from the woodchuck sliced in twain by the dome to Rennie Junior's necrophiliac attachment to the girls in the pantry.

  • Aug. 31, 2011, 7:41 a.m. CST

    Glad to see I wasn't the only one who hated the Dome novel.

    by V'Shael

    I haven't liked a thing he wrote since Riding the Bullet.

  • Aug. 31, 2011, 8:10 a.m. CST

    Hey Herc, have you reported this yet?

    by Brandon Dillard

    If this has been reported on Coax before, I have not seen it. http://www.escapistmagazine.com/news/view/112576-New-Star-Trek-Series-Pitch-Approaches-Warp-Speed Go David Foster! Sounds good to me!

  • Aug. 31, 2011, 9 a.m. CST

    Dick Cheney as Big Jim Rennie

    by Flip63Hole

    Please, not Brian Dennehey. I like the actor, but he seems like the easy choice...

  • Aug. 31, 2011, 9:02 a.m. CST

    Why knock SGU??

    by Timelord-2112

    Why would you lump one of the best sci-fi shows in the past 5 years in with FlashForward or "V"??

  • Aug. 31, 2011, 9:02 a.m. CST

    re: "alien children? really? that's the best you could do?"

    by buggerbugger

    So it literally **is** 'The Midwich Cuckoos'?

  • Aug. 31, 2011, 9:07 a.m. CST

    UTD: illustrations link.

    by Flip63Hole

    I made myself a bookmark of all the people. Was handy to refer to... http://tinyurl.com/3vl2p8p

  • Aug. 31, 2011, 10:33 a.m. CST

    Loved the book but HATED the kids...

    by Judge Briggs

    King doesn't know how to write kids that live in 2011. Period. The slang he uses for kids, teenagers, and younger-adults is set in the 1980s and maybe 1990s. Kids curse, use fag all the time, label everything as gay and use other off-putting slang. Anyway, my vote for Big Jim is Buddy Garrity from Friday Night Lights ...(Brad Leland)... HE'S PERFECT for Big Jim!

  • Aug. 31, 2011, 10:36 a.m. CST

    Under the Dome was ghost written by the entire King family

    by Turingtestee

    Had that feeling about King for a while now.

  • Aug. 31, 2011, 10:43 a.m. CST

    Cell

    by Garrett

    Eli Roth has the rights to Cell right now.

  • Aug. 31, 2011, 10:47 a.m. CST

    Cast

    by Garrett

    John Goodman as Big Jim Rennie. Felicity Huffman as Julia Shumway. Gary Sinise as Barbie.

  • Aug. 31, 2011, 10:49 a.m. CST

    Duma Key

    by Garrett

    I always pictured Ed Harris as Edgar and "Angel" from Dexter as Wireman.

  • That's who I had in mind when I read it (well, him and Toronto Mayor Rob Ford). I could also see Bruce McGill as Big Jim I'd like to see Bob Gunton as Thurston Marshall or Chief Perkins (doesn't matter who, just get him in there as he's awesome in any role no matter how big or small).

  • Aug. 31, 2011, 11:42 a.m. CST

    One issue for me was the actual dome

    by CT_Goonie

    Given the ending it doesn't make any sense that the dome would be exactly the size of the town. It should have been more of an oval or circle instead of the odd shape of town.

  • Aug. 31, 2011, 12:03 p.m. CST

    Joe Don Baker or Fred Dalton Thompson for Big Jim Rennie

    by Redc40

  • Aug. 31, 2011, 12:05 p.m. CST

    Sam Trammell for Dale Barbara

    by Redc40

  • Aug. 31, 2011, 12:09 p.m. CST

    Catherine Keener for Julia Shumway

    by Redc40

  • Aug. 31, 2011, 12:23 p.m. CST

    What's wrong with the ending?

    by Therawbeats

    Seriously, I thought this was one of King's better endings. Love Big Jim's fate. The reason he has problems with endings, in my opinion, is because he admittedly doesn't plan out ANY of his stories. He just writes. Now I'm more forgiving than most. I used to be in the "I love IT except the ending" crowd...but I reread it last month and the ending wasn't bad at all. Even if I don't like his endings, the journeys are still incredible. And all his new stuff (Dome, Full Dark No Stars, his online short stories) have been hitting it out of the park. Also, I love when people call King a shitty writer. The guy shits out better stories than any of you (or 99% of aspiring authors) could ever hope of coming up with.

  • I can't remember their names and I'll be damned if I can be bothered to look either, but he ends up helping in the hospital and she looks after some of the kids.

  • Aug. 31, 2011, 12:33 p.m. CST

    Fred Ward for Big Jim

    by DirkD13"

    Damn it'd be good to see him kick some ass again.

  • Aug. 31, 2011, 1:13 p.m. CST

    His short stories have always been good

    by IWasInJuniorHighDickhead

    no problems there. Each to their own, but I can't see how Under The Dome can be seen as anything but execrable. Not a redeeming feature in it. Cell, I enjoyed, until it went all telepathic. After Home Delivery, i'd love a proper balls out zombie tale from King.

  • Aug. 31, 2011, 1:58 p.m. CST

    I really liked the book.

    by frank

    I thought it was a lot more readable and engaging than a lot of his other recent work, which has tended to be muddy and meandering. Despite the length of Under The Dome, I never really got bored reading it. A premium cable miniseries could be really good, although I would be concerned about Spielberg toning down the sex and violence. They better include the necrophilia, damn it!

  • Aug. 31, 2011, 2 p.m. CST

    I want to know who is going to play Gina Buffalino.

    by frank

    The candy striper. She sounded hot.

  • Aug. 31, 2011, 3:51 p.m. CST

    King's an amazing writer, BUT...

    by captaincosmos

    ...he is no longer a SELECTIVE writer. He doesn't have to be, he's Stephen fucking King. But whereas a lot of other incredibly talented and successful writers, would be more critical of their work and only put out what they, and their editors, felt was truly up to snuff, King just likes to write, and write, and write, and write... and is in the rare position to be able to publish ANYTHING he wants to. And god bless him for it, too. Millions of people continue to eat up whatever he puts out, and more power to 'em. Hey, I'm a nearly life-long King fan. I grew up in a small town in central Maine, and believe it or not, my Mom's best friend used to babysit his boy -- Lil' Joe Hill. Yup. He's been a local Maine hero since the mid/late 70s, and I devoured all his early stuff, especially Salem's Lot. I WAS the kid in that book. Pet Semetary was the only book I've ever had to physically put down while reading cause I was so fucking freaked out (being alone in a big old Victorian house during a thunderstorm didn't help). But --- I hit the wall (or maybe King did) with The fucking Tommyknockers. (Didn't he write that in a haze of cocaine and booze? Think I read that somewhere). After that, it's been all the same rambling narrative, populated by stock characters who all talk in that folksie "King Speak" -- and if you read King, you know exactly what I'm talkin' about. Don't deny it. Based on an AICN recommendation (I think) I picked up Full Dark/No Stars. And while I don't think it was quite the "return to form" it was widely touted as, it was fun, in a nostalgic sort of way, to revisit an old friend. Under the Dome sounds EXACTLY like what I think has been wrong with King's work since the late-80s. Primarily an editor with the balls and/or power to tell King, "Hey, Stephen... fantastic concept, but do me a favor. Take another pass at it, tighten it up a bit, and for god's sake, man... put some more thought into the fucking ending, okay?" That'd only happen in Bizarro World, I know, but just sayin'. Okay, meaningless rant officially over. Thanks for playing, Constant Reader.

  • Aug. 31, 2011, 4:18 p.m. CST

    Yeah, I blame the drugs/booze for Tommyknockers

    by IWasInJuniorHighDickhead

    but he also wrote The Shining, The Dead Zone and It (to name only a few)whilst ripped to the tits, so who knows.

  • Aug. 31, 2011, 4:39 p.m. CST

    Other than opening/ending cheap book to make

    by irc-Hollywood

    the book is mostly about the implosion of the town and how they all turn on each other, its very Lord of the Flies, and a cool book. I imagine the battle of the two churches in the film will not go down well with American TV audiences though. If I'm casting (im picking people likely to do it) Dale "Barbie" Barbara - Matthew Fox Julia Shumway - Michelle Pfeiffer James "Big Jim" Rennie - James Gandolfini Junior Rennie - Jensen Ackles Eric "Rusty" Everett - Greg Grunberg

  • Aug. 31, 2011, 4:46 p.m. CST

    Tommyknockers is one of my faves.

    by Flip63Hole

    Heck of a f'd up sci-fi story, plus a classic "town gone crazy" King tale. Perhaps I was on the right drugs at the time, but still, one of my faves...

  • Aug. 31, 2011, 5:16 p.m. CST

    So excited about this.

    by Jake Jarvi

    Barbie should be Adam Brody and Big Jim should be Mel Gibson. I really hope they pace this right, as a slow burn with shocking outbursts of violence this could be amazing. I want them to make Tommyknockers as a season of television. That would give it the time it needs to unfold. Cell needs to be a balls out feature though, gory as hell. Man, I love Stephen King.

  • Aug. 31, 2011, 5:21 p.m. CST

    I love even bad King

    by JackieJokeman

    and fucking hated this book. And with "Big Jim" it goes into full self-parody.

  • Aug. 31, 2011, 5:23 p.m. CST

    lol and I just remembered the whole meth subplot

    by JackieJokeman

    yes definitely self-parody to the extreme

  • Aug. 31, 2011, 5:32 p.m. CST

    Tommyknockers was a complete rip-off of 'Five Million Years to Earth'

    by SmokingRobot

    Released in the U.K. as 'Quatermass and the Pit'. When I read it I couldn't believe what a copy it was of a much better movie.

  • Fucker's been sitting on that property for two decades now. Shit or get off the pot...

  • Aug. 31, 2011, 5:57 p.m. CST

    Stephen King-sized Craptacular News!!

    by Arcangel2020

    Well, isn't this just spectacularly craptastic news! A movie is being made from Stephen King's "Under The Dome"? All I have to say is.....Why O Why?! For The Love Of God! Say It ain't so!! "The Dark Tower" series which had some traction/momentum and seemed to be coallecsing into a movie/movies or mini-series ends up getting cancelled and instead "Under The Dome" is green lit? "Under The Dome" was yet another Stephen King book that was SO fucking boring and utterly shitty....just like "The Cell" (I go on a serious hated/venom spewing rant about my thoughts on that piece of shit book...but that is another rant for another day....)...I got 250-300 pages into the book, nothing good or what I would have called "attention getting" and made me want to finish reading the book....a book should be one that you enjoy reading and really enjoy what the author has to say...it should not be about saying to yourself..."Ok, I am going to finish this book, even if it kills me!" (I did enough of that in my younger years when I read a lot of the Beat Authors/Beat Poets) A couple of things that "Under The Dome" is good for....a Paper Weight or a Door stop....using the pages to line the bottom of a bird cage or use the pages to help start a fire in the BBQ Pit or Fireplace. This novel....just like "The Cell"...was a ripoff and a big FUCK YOU by Stephen King to those people who were fans of back when he was a great author and wrote some memorable and terrific stuff Stephen King should officially and completely retire from writing!

  • Aug. 31, 2011, 6 p.m. CST

    When will the THE DARK TOWER make it to pay cable?

    by idk

    is the question we should be all asking.

  • Aug. 31, 2011, 6:56 p.m. CST

    Dome gets so much hate

    by Therawbeats

    it's tough to remember that the critical praise was pretty much unanimous. It's a fucking spectacular book. Tommyknockers is sick as well. If some unknown writer did that it would be a classic.

  • Aug. 31, 2011, 6:57 p.m. CST

    What about Luna Brother's GIRLS?

    by landocolt45

    This book came out after that comic book series and it's so similar. I would much rather see a series on Showtime about that then this book. The people seem to degenerate into craziness faster and who wouldn't want to see a giant sperm in a cornfield cutting people in half???

  • Aug. 31, 2011, 7:45 p.m. CST

    Big Jim

    by maxwell's hammer

    Always saw Stacey Keach as Big Jim. And yes, the book is pretty rad, even if its not brilliant. Reading it inspired the same fun I felt reading his classic stuff for the first time when I was in junior high.

  • I remember reading in his introduction to the published screenplay of Storm Of The Century that King only likes to do TV projects on one of the big three networks (usually ABC) because he wants "a crack at the biggest audience possible", no mater how neutered the final adaptation turns out. That's probably why SOTC was the best of King's TV projects...it was specifically written for the small screen and with network standars & practices fully in-mind, so he could write somethat that was creepy and atmospheric without a ton of gore and language that would just get cut out. The Stand and the TV version of The Shining were pretty much gutted...some good stuff in each, but these are hard-"R" novels turned into light PG-13 network fare (actually, The Stand had some pretty violent stuff for the mid-90's, but it's still not a patch on the book).

  • Aug. 31, 2011, 10:08 p.m. CST

    When will THE DARK TOWER make it to pay cable?

    by cobrakinte

    There Shoebetch, I did my part. Now if everyone else asks it maybe Opie will realize that it's the ONLY possible way to do it right.

  • Aug. 31, 2011, 10:41 p.m. CST

    M.C. Gainey for Big Jim Rennie!!!!

    by Fievel

  • Aug. 31, 2011, 10:43 p.m. CST

    Everyone always hates on King's endings

    by vin_diggler

    It seems like everyone expects a clever Twilight Zone shock ending to all of his novels. As for myself, I enjoy the meat of the story itself. Stephen knows how to create characters you can bond with and put them in impossible situations. I loved Under the Dome and it's continuous twist and turns until the ending. Stephen managed to give a reasonable conclussion to the the story. It may not be be the Statue of Liberty rusting on the beach,but any true fan of King knows it is not about the conclussion it's about the story itself.

  • Aug. 31, 2011, 11:09 p.m. CST

    RANDY QUAID!!!!!!

    by JaredP

    would be damn good as big jim palpatine, or maybe joe don baker bruce mcgill

  • Hammer's 'Quatermass and the Pit' is a remake of a much better TV series of the same name. Don't get me wrong, the movie is classic Hammer, but the original TV version pisses all over it from a great height.

  • Sept. 1, 2011, 10 a.m. CST

    I haven't read this yet...

    by comicsniper

    ...but is the Julia Shumway character related to Gordon Shumway?

  • Sept. 1, 2011, 10:24 a.m. CST

    When reading it I always pictures Julie

    by Katet19

    as Jane Adams from Hung for some reason, there's a line about her not being traditionally attractive etc. Jeremy Davies has got to be The Cook. I'd love to see a vicious turn from John Goodman as Big Jim, I think someone like Ryan Gosling would make a pretty excellent Barbie if he were willing to throw himself to the television wolves, or Jim Sturgess from heartless.

  • Sept. 1, 2011, 10:26 a.m. CST

    Jr Rennie

    by Katet19

    Lucas Hoss, he was killer as The Pin in Brick I think he could bring alot to someone as VIle as Jr Rennie. Maybe mine Friday Night Lights a bit to fill out the large cast.

  • Sept. 1, 2011, 10:28 a.m. CST

    Perhaps Matthew Goode as Barbie

    by Katet19

  • Sept. 1, 2011, 10:29 a.m. CST

    Kyle Chandler for Rusty Everrett

    by Katet19

    He plays a killer earnest family man

  • Sept. 1, 2011, 11:18 a.m. CST

    scratchmonkey

    by SmokingRobot

    So King writes a book which is a rip-off of a re-do. Yeah, he's a real class act.

  • Sept. 1, 2011, 11:35 a.m. CST

    Kyle Chandler

    by SmokingRobot

    He needs to play a serial killer on 'Dexter'. He's getting typecast big-time with the 'decent family guy' stuff.

  • Sept. 1, 2011, 1:26 p.m. CST

    Wasn't Ron Moore one of the clowns....

    by leehb

    who totally destroyed what was left of the TREK franchise?????

  • Sept. 1, 2011, 2:13 p.m. CST

    Under the Dome's ending was awful (SPOILERS)

    by successor

    <p>The characters just beg for the aliens to take away the dome? And they do it? That's it?! No fight by the protagonists to solve the problem. Imagine if Ripley just begged the Queen Alien to jump out the Sulaco's airlock and the Queen did so. Or imagine if Ender Wiggin just asked the buggers to give up fighting and they did so.</p> <p>Storytelling 101 is a protagonist solves the story problem through their own efforts. Otherwise it's a deus ex machina. Actually deus ex machina is too kind for Under the Dome. More like King just gave up at the end becayse he was lazy and said the hell with it. If I were an English teacher and he dropped that pathetic excuse for an ending in my lap, I would've given him an F and failed him for the course.</p>

  • Sept. 1, 2011, 2:48 p.m. CST

    The ending

    by Katet19

    "Storytelling 101 is a protagonist solves the story problem through their own efforts. " You can argue that the dome is just as much setting as it is the MAJOR problem. The bigger problem is that once the Dome is in place Big Jim Rennie and his cronies are the real problem along with Jr. Those problems ARE addressed and taken care of by the protagonists. The aliens giving in to their "begging" is almost as if Ants were able to appeal to someone holding the magnifying glass over them. I don't know what people wanted. Is it not really a proper ending unless they spout catch phrases and hop into an F-16 to whup some alien ass? Not every story has to be resolved the same way, and why is begging for mercy any less a viable action taken by a protagonist than violence?

  • Sept. 1, 2011, 3:18 p.m. CST

    Cell had me too for a bit...

    by skellngtn

    - a fresh (to me at least)end of the world premise. but when the telepathy and floating started I was bummed. and the abrupt ending. wtf. there was a preview of his next book or something tacked at the end so it seemed like there were a few chapters left to resolve stuff with the son. i remember being pissed when I realized it finished.

  • Sept. 1, 2011, 3:45 p.m. CST

    The dome is the main problem, Katet19

    by successor

    <p>It's called Under the Dome not Under Jim Rennie's Thumb. Katet19, your point would be valid if the dome wasn't there. But it is there. That's the main problem and King should have had the protagonists solve it themselves rather than just giving up and pleading for their lives.</p> <p?And when I say solve the problem, I don't just mean an action climax. Take virtually any good story and you'll see that the protagonist solves the story problem through his own efforts. He doesn't beg to have the story problem solved for him. Do you see the difference?</p>

  • Sept. 1, 2011, 5:57 p.m. CST

    The Dome

    by Katet19

    I knew you'd throw the title at me. My point is valid regardless. It's the same reason people had a problem with Lost "what's the island whats the island" the point was never the island or The Dome both are devices to throw these people in one another's paths. There is essentially nothing they can DO about the dome and set about accomplishing the things they CAN combat.

  • Sept. 1, 2011, 6:16 p.m. CST

    Thomas Jane IS Barbie.

    by memento108

    That is all.

  • Sept. 1, 2011, 6:47 p.m. CST

    Tom Cruise

    by rufusxavier

    I haven't read the book, but my wife tells me that Jack Reacher is mentioned a few times, so of course Tom Cruise should be in it.

  • Sept. 1, 2011, 9:08 p.m. CST

    succesor

    by Therawbeats

    You're a fucking moron. Did you just skip over the rest of the book? I don't get some of you people. Why not just read the last sentences since all you care about it the endings. SPOILER What about the giant, world destroying meth explosion? That wasn't a good ending for you? The book is called UNDER the dome, not THE DOME. And the aliens don't take it away, one sympathetic alien does...like the girl that gave Julia her sweater back

  • Sept. 5, 2011, 7:02 p.m. CST

    Brad Leland IS Big Jim Rennie

    by RustleFL

    This man was born to play Big Jim. Leland starred on Friday Night Lights as Coach Buddy Garrity. When I read Dome, I pictured Rennie looking like Leland. Here is a picture: http://www.poptower.com/brad-leland-picture-22140.htm