CBS has finally released the first official look at the upcoming 13-part miniseries Under the Dome, based on the 2010 novel by horror icon Stephen King. As a genre, the miniseries has faded in popularity and prominence in recent years, and I admittedly feel a strange bit of nostalgia that the network has chosen this format to adapt King’s book. We’ve seen a few pictures from set, but this is the first film we’ve laid eyes on.
In the town of Chester’s Mill, 2,000 people have become trapped under a mysterious clear dome, like in The Simpsons Movie, except more sinister. The story is a mix of horror and sci-fi, and deals with the behaviors people resort to after being cut off from the rest of the world.
This video, released via the Under the Dome YouTube page, offers the first footage we’ve seen from the finished product, as well as some behind-the-scenes action. The coolest part of this feature is the discussion of the visual effects. Under the Dome is a mixture of practical effects and digital tricks, and seeks to balance the two sides of the practice.
The scale and scope of this thing appears pretty epic, not like some shoddy King adaptations we’ve been subjected to in the past. Let’s hope that it lives up to the hype and potential.
Directed by Niels Arden Oplev, who helmed the original Swedish film adaptation of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), Under the Dome premieres June 24th, and stars Chad Vogel, Rachel Lefevre, Britt Robertson, and Dean Norris. Because this is a Stephen King book, and clocks in at more than 1,000 pages, you can expect to see many, many more characters over the course of 13 weeks. After it airs, the series will be available via Amazon Prime.