Eric Deggans at tampabay.com had this to say about the upcoming adaptation of Stephen King's Under The Dome:
Whenever it comes to television, I've grown used to Stephen King breaking my heart.
Time and again, he's brought adaptations of interesting and compelling novels to TV, only to wind up with stuff that is too uninspired (Steven Weber trying to outdo Nicholson in a remake of The Shining?) too boring (Pierce Brosnan moping through a limp redintion of Bag of Bones) or too dumb (The Langoliers. 'Nuff said.)
Still, I have high hopes for the latest attempt to turn King's quality pages into quality television, CBS' Under the Dome.Deggans offers the following things to bolster his high hopes for Under The Dome:
1. Dean Norris.
2. It's a Summer mini-series like The Stand.
. . . and that's about it!
I would offer this: I think Under The Dome was written to translate to screen. It's a visual story. It is also character driven, and sometimes television does nicely with good characters and big pictures -- when given a descent budget and good actors. I think Under The Dome promises both.
A think a successful Under The Dome will add interest in making The Dark Tower as a movie and TV series.
That said, what are your favorite Stephen King television adaptations? (And your least favorite!)
1. The Stand.
3. The Tommyknockers
4. The Shining (I liked it)
1. The Langoliers. It would have done better on the big screen, with more budget and less screen time.
2. Sleepwalkers. You all will tell me it was not made for TV, it was a real movie. But it should have gone straight to cable.