LOS ANGELES (TheWrap.com) - "Under the Dome" has landed under the wing of CBS.
The network has given a 13-episode, straight-to-series order for the project, an adaptation of the Stephen King novel of the same name.
The series will premiere in summer 2013.
King will executive-produce, along with Steven Spielberg, whose Amblin Television will produce the series in association with CBS Television Studios. Neal Baer, Justin Falvey, Darryl Frank, Stacey Snider and Brian K. Vaughan are also executive-producing. Niels Arden Oplev ("The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo") will direct the first episode.
The series will revolve around a small New England town that is suddenly and inexplicably sealed off from the rest of the world by an enormous transparent dome. The town's inhabitants must deal with surviving the post-apocalyptic conditions while searching for answers to what this barrier is, where it came from and if and when it will go away.
"This is a great novel coming to the television screen with outstanding auspices and in-season production values to create a summer programming event," CBS Entertainment president Nina Tassler said. "We're excited to transport audiences 'Under the Dome' and into the extraordinary world that Stephen King has imagined."
Showtime, which is owned by CBS, had previously been developing the project.