It seems that the ambitious plan for a ‘Clan Of The Cave Bear’s’ series have been nixed by Lifetime, which means that the series will have to be developed elsewhere.
Deadline reports that Lifetime passed on the pilot episode due to not being able to reach an agreement with Fox Studios on the size of the episode order. Lifetime envisioned a four-hour mini, while Fox 21 covets a full series order.
Fox21 are now looking around for a development deal with another Cable Outlet in order to bring their series to television.
Based on the first of Jean M. Auel’s six-book series, the TV project takes place more than 25,000 years ago, when Neanderthals shared the Earth with the first early modern humans and a band of cave dwellers adopt blond and blue-eyed Ayla (played by Mr. Selfridge’s Millie Brady), a child of the “Others” (played by Daryl Hannah on the big screen). As Ayla matures into a young woman of spirit and courage, she must fight for survival against the jealous bigotry of Broud (Love/Hate‘s Johnny Ward), who will one day be Clan leader.
If the series gets a green light elsewhere it will be executive produced by Ron Howard and Brian Grazer, along with Allison Shearmur (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire), Linda Woolverton (Maleficent), who is writing the pilot, Francie Calfo (Gang Related, Empire) and Jean M. Auel.