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It was back in August when Showtime picked up Stephen King's Under the Dome for a series, but it wasn't until this week that Brian K. Vaughan was settled on to pen the adaption. Deadline was first to report the news on Vaughan undertaking the retelling of the 2009 novel. King, whose Dark Tower series is also flirting with an adaption at HBO, will serve as an executive producer on the series.
Not a stranger amongst sci-fi fans, Vaughan is best known as a comic book author, most notably for his series; Y: The Last Man, Ex Machina, Runaways, and Pride of Baghdad. He has also lent his talent to television before, serving as a key writer on Lost from the third to fifth season.
Set in another unassuming town in Maine -like so many of King's works- Under the Dome has the convenience of a title that pretty well spells out the plot. The supernatural-infused thriller follows the story of the town's residents after they are trapped within a mysterious barrier that quite literally cuts them off from the outside world. Civility and society itself are quickly strained to their breaking points as the citizens begin to turn on one another.