Universal Television is developing Stephen King’s 2007 short story, “Ayana,” into a dramatic series, a studio representative told TheWrap.
NBC is currently considering the project, though Universal TV will shop it to other networks if the broadcast network passes on it.
Chris Sparling (“Buried”) will write the pilot with Ben Haber producing. Jordan Kerner (“Less Than Zero,” “Charlotte’s Web”) will executive produce.
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Originally published in 2007, “Ayana” was later included in King’s collection, “Just After Sunset,” in November 2008.
In the story set in 1982, a narrator tells of how a blind seven-year-old girl named Ayana kissed his father, who was dying of pancreatic cancer, and heals him. In return, the narrator must repay this miracle, though. And over the years is called upon to do so.
King’s work has been adapted for the small screen many times before. Currently, CBS’s “Under the Dome” is in production on Season 2. It’s based on King’s 2009 science fiction novel of the same name.
Also, Syfy’s “Haven” — based on King novel “The Colorado Kid” — was just renewed for a fifth season.