Stephen King’s “Under the Dome” heads for CBS

"Under the Dome" has been picked up by CBS for 13 episodes.

“Under the Dome” has been picked up by CBS for 13 episodes.

Stephen King’s 2009 novel, “Under the Dome”, has been picked up by CBS for a 13 episode television show.

Produced by Amblin Television, the show was originally going to be developed under partnership with award-winning director Steven Spielberg and channel Showtime.

Neal Baer (Law and Order: SVU, ER) is set to be the showrunner, and Brian K. Vaughan (Y the Last Man, Lost) penned the pilot script and will serve as an executive producer, according to IGN.com.

“This is a great novel coming to the television screen with outstanding auspices and in-season production values to create a summer programming event,” said Nina Tassler, President of CBS Entertainment, in an interview with IGN.com.

“We’re excited to transport audiences Under the Dome and into the extraordinary world that Stephen King has imagined.”

Under the Dome follows the story of a New England town which inexplicably sealed off from the rest of the world, and the town bands together to uncover the mysteries of the dome while battling post-apocalyptic events that occur.

The show is expected to launch next summer.

With files from IGN.com 

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