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Under the Dome Remake – Stephen King Provides His Thoughts


When a Stephen King book is being adapted the acclaimed writer is going to let his feeling known about the movie or TV show. We all know how much Mr. King hates The Shinning and doesn’t look kindly on Shawshank’s Redemption. Add Under the Dome to the list also and the writer wants someone to do an Under the Dome remake.

Under the Dome is based on the book of the same name by Stephen King. The series follows a group of people living in Chester’s Mill who are trapped under a big transparent dome. As the season progresses the CBS show tries to unravel the mystery of the dome, while the people of the town try to survive with diminishing resources.

The show was a massive critical and commercial success for CBS in the first season. But as the series progressed, the standard kept dropping and eventually it was canceled unceremoniously after three seasons and 39 episodes. Taking into account the quality drop of the show, it is understandable why Stephen King wants an Under the Dome remake.

Under the Dome Remake – Stephen King Wants Netflix to Take a Swing

under-the-dome-cbs-tv-showUnder the Dome, CBS series, is based on a Stephen King book of the same name.
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While Under the Dome is a decent show, particularly enjoyable in certain moments. But there are also realism issues with the show and how the people inside the dome are portrayed. That is also something that struck a painful nerve with Stephen King.

The horror-novelist could not handle the mishandling of reality within the community trapped inside the dome. He wanted to see some choices made with the electricity of the town and said Under the Dome went completely off the rails with the realism of the situation.

Stephen King said, “Under the Dome [the show] was one I felt like went entirely off the rails because the people are doing things that don’t seem realistic. One thing that killed me was you never hear the sound of a generator anywhere. The electric power is fine.”

“Everything looks clean. Everything is great, except that they’re cut off from the world. And that isn’t what would happen. If you ask people to accept those ideas, there has to be a sense of realism that goes with it, that pulls you along,” he continued.

There is a lot of truth to what Stephen King is saying. For all sense and purposes, the people inside the dome were living in an apocalyptic world, and no way the streets are going to look like they did when there is no one to clean and maintain the place.

Under the Dome was interesting at first but what bugged the author was also things that played in our minds as the show progressed. Under the Dome‘s electricity and Daryl‘s motorcycle’s oil are the biggest mysteries of dystopian television series.

Would Netflix Pickup an Under the Dome Remake?

Netflix has its share of Stephen King adaptations. Considering the vast array of adaptation from his original work, that is not a surprise. No matter when it is adapted, King’s work still attracts a lot of fan fervor and media attention.

While Castle Rock was canceled by Hulu we are still getting The Stand adaptation, which looks amazing. There are more hits than misses when Stephen’s work is concerned and Netflix would be wise to carry a show with a built-in fanbase.

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The fans were not particularly happy with the way the show was handled. This is where Netflix can bring in new customers to their service, at the end of the day that is what the company wants with its original productions.

Stephen King himself made headlines last year when he called on Netflix to do an Under the Dome remake. So, everything is wide open for the streaming platform to come in and play the hero, till it decides to cancel the show on a cliffhanger after the second season.

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