Fans of Stephen King will be happy to hear that another one of his books will be turned into a television series.
CBS ordered a series based off of King's bestseller "Under the Dome," announced on Thursday. The television network gave the order for 13 episodes to be produced straight-to-series.
"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, as reported by MSN. "We're excited to transport audiences 'Under the Dome' and into the extraordinary world that Stephen King has imagined."
King isn't the only big name attached to the project. Legendary director Steven Spielberg's production company, Amblin Television, will produce the show in association with CBS Studios. King will stay on as one of the executive-producers on the show and the cast will include Brian K. Vaughan from "Lost" and Darryl Frank from "Falling Skies."
Niels Arden Oplev, director of the Swedish film version of "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo," will direct the pilot episode for the new series. No word yet who will direct the other episodes for "Under the Dome."
Showtime was originally developing the series before it was picked up by the CBS, which owns the premium network.
The plot of the series revolves around a small town in New England that becomes sealed off from the world when a giant translucent dome suddenly engulfs the city. The people living in the town must learn to survive as society under the dome devolves into a post-apocalyptic atmosphere, as well as try to figure out what the transparent barrier is and why it arrived.
This is good news for fans of King who were disappointed to hear that production on a multi-film adaptation of his "Dark Tower" was not picked up by Warner Bros.because of budgetary concerns.
The CBS adaptation of King's "Under the Dome" will premiere in the summer of 2013.