Cover artwork for Stephen King's "Under The Dome" (image courtesy StephenKing.com)
New York, NY (WLTX) -- Next summer CBS plans to roll out a new series based upon the Stephen King novel Under The Dome.
When the network launches the series in the summer of 2013, they plan an expanded offering of content for viewers, including online video and other electronic forms.
King's novel is the story of a small Maine town suddenly cut off from the rest of the world by an enormous invisible dome, sealing in the residents, and following the resulting power struggles.
The town's need to survive in what becomes a near- post-apocalyptic environment plays out as they try to find answers to what the dome is, and how to get out.
According to reports, the CBS series will utilize the King novel as a launch pad for a slightly modified story, rather than an exact replication of the book. This presents CBS with the opportunity to keep the story going beyond the first 13 episode order.
Scott Koondel is the Senior V.P. and Chief Corporate Content Licensing Officer for CBS, and he says the show will be a "multi-platform experience for viewers who can watch on many different screens, not only their television."
The network has plans in place to offer streaming online soon after airing each week, on services such as Hulu, Amazon, or Netflix.