The network bypassed the pilot process and ordered 13 episodes of a series based on Stephen King‘s 2009 novel, it announced today.
The supernatural drama will be produced by Stephen Spielberg’s Amblin Entertainment.
King’s gigantic novel is about a New England town that finds itself trapped under a massive, see-through dome — think The Simpsons Movie, but scary. Inside, the situation eventually devolves into chaos as the town’s residents try to figure out whether they’ll ever see the other side again.
The project was originally intended for Showtime, but wound up at CBS when Amblin felt the project wasn’t moving forward at the pay cabler, our sister site Deadline reports. Lost scribe Brian K. Vaughan, who adapted King’s work for the script, will serve as an executive producer alongside King, Neal Baer (Law & Order: Special Victims Unit — who also will serve as showrunner), Justin Falvey (Smash) and others. (Fun fact: At one point during Dome‘s long development period, Lost‘s Carlton Cuse was approached about being showrunner.)
Under the Dome is scheduled to debut in summer 2013.