Stephen on why Under The Dome tanked on TV
Stephen King has a pretty good idea why The Dark Tower flopped with critics and moviegoers — it wasn’t violent enough. So when he was asked in Toronto Thursday night about the TV adaptation of Under the Dome, which was unceremoniously cancelled after three seasons on CBS in 2015, he again didn’t mince words. “Under the Dome started off smart and got dumb,” King deadpanned. “I may get some negative feedback from the network, but I don’t care.” The recent film adaptation of King’s It was a smash with critics and audiences, but The Dark Tower was a massive disappointment.
“The major challenge was to do a film based on a series of books that’s really long, about 3,000 pages,” the writer told Vulture.
Reflecting on Under the Dome’s cancellation, King brought up a line from the film adaptation of his short story Stand By Me.
“Wagon Train’s a really cool show, but did you notice they never get anywhere? They just keep wagon training. Well, people on Under the Dome just kept Under the Doming. “Shows need a beginning, middle and end ... don’t keep on wagon training.”