Clan of the Cave Bear

Clan of the Cave Bear Series Nixed by Lifetime, Seeks New Cable Home

Lifetime has uttered a dismissive grunt in the direction of its pilot adaptation of The Clan of the Cave Bear.

Per our sister site Deadline, the cabler passed on the pilot upon being able to reach an agreement with Fox 21 Studios on the size of the episode order. Lifetime envisioned a four-hour mini, while Fox 21 covets a full series order.

Lifetime also wanted it to be titled The Unauthorized Clan of the Cave Bear Story. #kidding

Fox 21 thus is shopping the pilot to other possible homes, hoping to sell it as a full-on drama series.

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.

The potential series is exec-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.

Where do you think Ayla & Co. might end up? Or is this series just a bad idea?