Under The Dome executive producer Brian K. Vaughan has spoken about the challenges of adapting the upcoming CBS series and defended the polarizing ending of LOST.
Here are some highlights from his chat with Huff Post TV..
On how he became involved in the TV adaptation of Under the Dome:
I’d actually heard from a friend early on that Stephen King namechecks [me in the book]. So I read the book largely out of my own giant ego to begin with, but also because I’m a tremendous Stephen King fan. As I was reading it, looking for my own name, I was also falling in love with the story. I thought it was so compelling and I loved the world.
When I heard that DreamWorks wanted to use the book as a launching pad to tell this story as an ongoing series, not as a miniseries, that’s when I got excited. I loved the book, but I didn’t want to just tell it over again and do a literal adaptation. For a while [the TV show was developed for] Showtime, and they were great. They were really supportive of it, and [then they headed] sort of in the “Homeland” direction, and maybe something that was genre wasn’t a great fit. But [Showtime president] David Nevins kindly called CBS and said, “Hey, maybe you guys should take a look at this.” And it came together very quickly at CBS.
On the process of crafting Dome into an ongoing series:
I was lucky enough to get to talk with Stephen early in the process. He said, to quote Elvis, “It’s your baby, you rock it now.” The big thing he encouraged us [to think about] is, when he came up with the concept, he first thought about, “What if these people were trapped under this dome for potentially years, how might society change?” [When writing the book], he was on page 1,200 and thought, “Oh my God, they’ve only been trapped under here for a few days. I better wrap things up.” He said, “Use television to go to the places that I couldn’t.” So when I sat down to write the pilot, it was just trying to capture the heart of the book while also having the freedom to know that we’re allowed to go to different places.
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On long-term plans to continue the story into multiple seasons:
Yeah, we treat this as if we are writing the first season of an ongoing series, not a TV miniseries. So it will be up to the audience, and we hope they show up and want more, but we certainly do. We have really long-term plans for this.
On whether he liked how LOST ended (Vaughan was a writer, story editor and producer on the show from 2007-2009 )
Yeah, I did. I did very much. You know, I wasn’t there. I left to go try and create my own shows, but I loved it. The finale in particular — I just saw so much of [executive producers] Damon [Lindelof] and Carlton [Cuse] and the writers in the room. And for me, that was always the passion. I guess it always felt like kind of the mythological question [of 'Lost'] was kind of a self-licking ice cream cone. I never cared as much about the Smoke Monster as I did about the quality of the writing between characters. [The finale] was just kind of the emotional send-off that I was hoping for.
You can read the full transcript at Huff Post TV.
Under The Dome lands June 24 on CBS.