Anyone who has seen character descriptions for the upcoming CBS series “Under the Dome” knows producers have already deviated from Stephen King’s novel. Expect more changes throughout the series.
For example, on the TV show — which is set in Maine but filming now in the Wilmington and Southport, North Carolina region — the character of Dodee is described as “a brilliant, eccentric engineer at the local radio station who will draw on her unique skills in an effort to make contact with the world outside the dome.” That is far from the pot-smoking waitress Dodee Sanders of the book.
In a new interview with Entertainment Weekly, the show’s producers said they got Stephen King’s blessing to change the story. “He told us, ‘Really use the book as a jumping off point. Use the characters, use the themes, but don’t be afraid to go to new places,'” said Brian K. Vaughan.
Here’s another interesting section to the EW interview: “With a 13 episode order and a big story to tell, producers said they’re, naturally, hoping for a long run. Whenever the end does come, however, ‘we have a final episode in mind that’s different from the book,’ says Vaughan. ‘There’s a very cool, unexpected end to this dome, I think.'”
So it sounds like those of us who weren’t thrilled with King’s resolution will have a new one to either enjoy or complain about. What do you think about the changes? Are you nervous? Hopeful?
“Under the Dome” premieres June 24 on CBS and stars Dean Norris (“Breaking Bad”) as Jim Rennie, Mike Vogel as Dale Barbara, Rachelle Lefevre as Julia, Alexander Koch as Junior, Britt Robertson as Angie, Natalie Martinez as Linda, Mackenzie Lintz as Norrie, Colin Ford as Joe and Aisha Hinds as Carolyn.