What change does Stephen King wish he could’ve pulled off in the Under the Dome novel, that producers have decided to try out in the upcoming CBS series?
The network is taking a pretty big gamble later this summer, converting King’s sci-fi-tinged tome about a town trapped under a dome into a huge, 13-episode TV series. But they’ve made some changes along the way — and apparently King is a little jealous.
To make the concept work for a weekly series, the writers have decided to change the ending and open up the story to allow the town to potentially remain trapped for years — thus making it possible for additional seasons if the first proves to be a hit. Turns out King was interested in doing that himself, but the idea didn’t fit his weeklong setting for the novel.
Here how producer Brian K. Vaughan (Lost) explained the tweak, and King’s approval, in a recent interview:
"When we first started talking to Stephen, we came up with the idea of the town potentially being trapped for years at a time, and that's something that [King said] you guys could get to do that I didn't. We pitched Stephen a far-out, big-swing idea for this to go several years, a different ending, and he was really excited by it."
Considering that this is about the millionth King story to be adapted for the screen, it makes sense he would be open to changes by now — but it’s encouraging to hear that the author actually sounds excited about the direction.
Under the Dome debuts Monday, June 24, at 10 p.m. Do you plan on checking it out?
(Via The Hollywood Reporter)