Brian K. Vaughan Goes ‘Under The Dome’ For Stephen King and Showtime

From Deadline Hollywood comes word this week that fan favorite comic creator Brian K. Vaughan has been hired by Dreamworks Television to adapt Stephen King’s 2009 novel Under the Dome into a series for Showtime. The book tells the story of an unexplained force field that suddenly encloses a town, and the people who inevitably turn on one another when something like that happens to them.

This is obviously a huge project, and quite a move for Vaughan. Diehard fans may be somewhat divided on this one, since it is an adaptation rather than something springing directly from the mind of the maestro; devotees of the creator-owned movement prefer their Y: The Last Man. Still, those people will have Saga coming from Image next year, and Under the Dome will be infused with plenty of Vaughaniness, so everyone should have something to make them happy.

That premise sounds like crack for a writer, by the way. Hone some solid characters, put them in a bizarre situation, and explore how each of them would react. Between Stephen King and BKV, how does that not turn into gold? Keep an eye out for this one.


  1. This should come out well as he already has experience writing a diverse group of characters unwillingly stuck in a fixed environment a.k.a. Lost..

  2. Best announcement since the return of Arrested Development! Should be an awesome collaboration.

  3. I fail to see how this won’t be awesome.

  4. Well, this project just went from “not interested” to “must-watch”.

  5. If they cast Brad Leland (Buddy Garrity from FNL) as the main antagonist, it’ll be perfect.

  6. Y: The Last Man is my wife’s favorite comic book. Stephen king is her favorite writer. This show will basically be crack for her. I’m pretty sure I’ll love it, too.

  7. Having read the book, which was a chore for several reasons, I certainly have no interest in seeing it on television. Congrats to King for making a few more million and good luck to anyone who can sit through, what will be a very, uncomfortable (though possibly well-made) series.

    Let me know what you think of the ending!

  8. I tried reading that book but it turned out to be the same story, as far as I could tell, as the Simpsons movie. Or at least, an episode.

    • you’re not the only one to make that comparison, trust me. 🙂

      To give King credit, he has said that he began writing the book years ago and set it aside to work on other projects.

  9. awesome news, who can forget those wonderful episodes of Lost that Vaughn wrote, like, um…