Have you had enough of Stephen King media projects flying around lately? No? Well that’s good because it looks like Showtime is throwing another our way. DreamWorks will be producing the adaptation of Under the Dome for the cable channel. The acquisition came back in 2009, as the studio purchased the rights to the work shortly after release of the novel. What’s taken so long to get it going, you might ask? Apparently, when the show was announced in August, it seems that they had still been searching for a writer to cross the bridge from print to script. Luckily, it seems that they have found a good man for the job. Deadline reports that the chosen writer will be none other than multiple Eisner Award winner Brian K. Vaughn.
Vaughn, who isn’t a stranger to working with and respecting established properties, is seemingly perfect for the task, coming from a background in comics. For those of you that might be a little on edge about a comic writer taking the reins, don’t worry. Telling the tale of humanity gone to hell for the residents of Chester’s Mill in the face of the unexplained is right in Vaughn’s ballpark. In his own master work Y: The Last Man, Vaughn dug deep to show the sways of human emotion, punchy dialogue, and the know-how to keep a story compelling. Couple this experience with his time as a writer on J.J. Abrams’ Lost, and you can begin to understand just how his interpretation of King’s material will evolve into a thriller worthy of the horror author’s approval.
I’m hoping that as things progress we’ll hear nothing but good things coming into play for this adaptation. I must admit that I have a feeling that it could swing the way of the prematurely cancelled Jericho did or even as high as The Walking Dead. Most of that will ride on how the framework will be carried over and stretched from the novel to fit a long running series. The potential is there, but accelerating the original progression to move onto written for TV filler will easily cripple the entire production.
As we wait for filming to begin, how about someone getting to making Vaughn’s Y: The Last Man into a film or TV show?
Source – Deadline