July 09, 2014 4:24pm PT by Lacey Rose
Lifetime Orders 'The Clan of the Cave Bear' Drama
Lifetime is taking a plunge back in time.
The cable network has ordered a pilot for The Clan of the Cave Bear, based on Jean M. Auel’s series of best-selling novels. The drama project, which is targeting a 2015 launch, hails from Imagine's Ron Howard, Brian Grazer and Francie Calfo along with Allison Shearmur (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire), Auel and writer Linda Woolverton (Maleficent).
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“I’ve always admired Jean M. Auel’s timeless work,” said Lifetime GM Rob Sharenow in a statement announcing the news Wednesday. “With the visionary creative team of Ron Howard, Linda Woolverton, Brian Grazer, Alli Shearmur, Jean M. Auel and Francie Calfo behind it, this project has it all — epic storytelling, great characters and a unique world that’s never been explored on television before. This is exactly the type of top-tier creative talent and great stories we embrace at Lifetime.”
The first book of the series, The Clan of the Cave Bear, 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, blue-eyed Ayla, a child of the “Others.” As Ayla matures into a young woman of spirit and courage, she must fight for survival against the jealous bigotry of Broud, who will one day be clan leader.