There was an Under the Dome panel at WonderCon this past weekend.
Writer Brian K. Vaughan, showrunner Neal Baer, producer Jack Bender and stars Dean Norris and Rachelle Lefevre were all present at the panel, which opened with a sizzle reel from Under the Dome‘s dailies.
From Spinoff Online:
Vaughan, writer of such acclaimed comics asY: The Last Man and Saga, received the most applause when he took to the stage. Much of the panel was dominated by moderator Richard Rushfield’s questions, and the fact that Bender and Vaughan had both worked on Lost came up frequently. They made it clear that despite a somewhat-similar premise, Under the Dome will be different from Lost — although Vaughan joked he planned to copy everything that made the earlier series a success, especially the focus on the characters. Bender confirmed there won’t be any other Lost cameos in Season 1 beyond Jeff Fahey, and Baer said there won’t be many Lost-style flashbacks.
The fact that King signed off on this adaptation was another hot topic on the panel. Vaughan admitted their team put an incredible amount of research into how life under the dome would work to make the series as scientifically accurate as possible, and said King’s response to that news had been, “You know you can just make shit up, too.” That triggered the biggest laugh from the audience, and proved Lefevre’s point that King is surprisingly funny for a man best known for horror.
“Steve has just been very generous with us,” Vaughan said. “He told us really use the book as a jumping off point, use the characters, use the themes, but don’t be afraid to go to new places.”