US cable channel Lifetime is adapting Jean M Auel’s novel The Clan of the Cave Bear.
Produced by Fox 21 and Lionsgate in association with Imagine Television and Allison Shearmur Productions, it will be executive produced by Ron Howard, Brian Grazer, Allison Shearmur, writer Linda Woolverton, Francie Calfo and Auel.
If taken to series, the project is set for a 2015 launch.
The first book of Auel’s Earth’s Children 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 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.