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King and Spielberg Team Up to Create “Under The Dome” for Starz

Exciting news on the television front: Stephen King and Steven Spielberg are teaming up to create a television drama Under the Dome, based on King’s 2009 novel by the same name, and will be produced by DreamWorks Television.

When the book came out, Spielberg, who works for DreamWorks, quickly grabbed the rights to the television show. Currently they are working on finding a writer for the show (which I find amusing, funnily enough!), but King and DreamWorks TV’s Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey are set to be the producers.

What’s the premise of the story? Here’s what Amazon has to say about the book (which is important to read, as there is absolutely no description on the book – the hardback, anyway!) :

King’s return to supernatural horror is uncomfortably bulky, formidably complex and irresistibly compelling. When the smalltown of Chester’s Mill, Maine, is surrounded by an invisible force field, the people inside must exert themselves to survive. The situation deteriorates rapidly due to the dome’s ecological effects and the machinations of Big Jim Rennie, an obscenely sanctimonious local politician and drug lord who likes the idea of having an isolated populace to dominate. Opposing him are footloose Iraq veteran Dale “Barbie” Barbara, newspaper editor Julia Shumway, a gaggle of teen skateboarders and others who want to solve the riddle of the dome. King handles the huge cast of characters masterfully but ruthlessly, forcing them to live (or not) with the consequences of hasty decisions. Readers will recognize themes and images from King’s earlier fiction, and while this novel doesn’t have the moral weight of, say, The Stand, nevertheless, it’s a nonstop thrill ride as well as a disturbing, moving meditation on our capacity for good and evil.

We’ll keep you updated as news comes in!

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“Spartacus” Prequel Premiers Tonight on Starz

Spartacus: Blood and Sand, which ran January through April of last year, became a surprising hit on Starz. Now the station is following up by stepping back, premiering a 6-episode prequel titled Spartacus: Gods of the Arena. The series begins tonight, Friday January 21st, at 10 PM ET/PT. Check out the trailer:

Andy Whitfield, who was cast in the title role for season one, has stepped down due to reoccurring issues with cancer, so the role has been filled by actor Liam McIntyre.

To learn more about this, check out a recent article in the New York Times where McIntyre discusses the change.

Spartacus: Gods of the Arena airs Fridays at 10PM ET/PT on Starz

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Trailer for Starz’s “Camelot” Released

The new trailer for Starz’s upcoming show Camelot came out today. This new series premieres on April 1st. There is a lot of speculation on how this show will compare to the highly anticipated Game of Thrones, HBO’s newest series, also premiering in April, on the 17th.

Here’s what i09.com had to say:

“Camelot” certainly has a lot going for it. It’s being produced by “Torchwood’s” Chris Chibnall. The series has an astounding list of actors attached to the project, including Joseph Fiennes, Eva Green, Jamie Campbell Bower, Tamsin Egerton, Peter Mooney, and Clive Standen. While “Game of Thrones” pulls its material straight from the epic novels penned by George R.R. Martin, “Camelot” intends to reinterpret and demystify the legend of King Arthur, giving it the gritty makeover treatment everybody loves these days. As of right now, it seems like a bit of a toss-up.

I’m betting it will be interesting following the stats of these two similar, awesome-sounding shows to see which one ultimately pulls ahead. And just a warning, there are a few explicit glances, so watch at your own discretion.

[via i09.com]