Stephen King Under the Dome

I can barely keep track of all the various Stephen King-based projects in development, there are so many. Here’s another one to add to that long, long list.

NBC is mulling over a drama series based on King’s 2007 short story “Ayana,” which is being developed by Universal TV. Chris Sparling (Buried) is writing the pilot. Get plot details and more after the jump.

According to TheWrap, the project is being considered by NBC at the moment but could end up at another network if the Peacock decides to pass on it. Ben Haber is set to produce, while Jordan Kerner will executive produce. No director or cast is in place at this time.

Kerner’s credits include Less Than Zero, Charlotte’s Web, and the Mighty Ducks franchise. Haber worked on Across the Universe. The pair previously collaborated on the two Smurfs movies.

King’s story begins with the narrator recounting how, in 1982, a blind 7-year-old girl named Ayana healed his father’s fatal pancreatic cancer with a kiss. In the years that follow, the narrator is called upon to repay this miracle.

Among the many King TV shows in the works are ABC’s upcoming Grand Central, based on the short story “The New York Times at Special Bargain Rates,” Bad Robot’s 11/22/63, and, of course, the Dark Tower adaptation that’s still ambling along.

And that’s not even counting the King-inspired series already in existence. CBS’s Under the Dome is returning for a second season this summer, and Syfy’s Haven will kick off its fifth season late this year.

On the film front, there’s Warner Bros.’ The Stand, Universal Studios’ Mercy, John Cusack’s Cell, a Pet Sematary remake, and a The Shining prequel all in various states of development. King’s presence was most recently felt on the big screen last year, when Kimberly Peirce’s Carrie hit theaters.

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