Stephen King is no stranger to the big OR small screen, but it seems like over the last decade or so, several of his books (The Stand, Storm Of The Century, The Tommyknockers, Kingdom Hospital) have found a suitable home on the small screen – including “Under the Dome,” the recent hit for CBS that’s entering its second season.
Now another of his stories is being developed for television, and it’s one I’ve not read before.
Variety reports that Universal TV is working on an adaptation of a short story known as “Ayana” from King’s anthology, Just After Sunset. Originally published in 2007 as part of the Fall 2007 issue of The Paris Review (and again as Just After Sunset in 2008), Ayana focuses on a man who talks about his father “Doc” Gentry’s battle with pancreatic cancer back in 1982 and the blind seven-year-old girl (Ayana) who saves his life with a kiss. The man then finds out his OWN part in future miracles is just beginning.
Chris Sparling (who wrote the excellent contained thriller Buried and the upcoming Sea of Trees) will write the pilot, with Ben Haber producing and Jordan Kerner (The Mighty Ducks franchise, Less Than Zero) sitting as exec producer. So far NBC has first dibs but if they pass, Universal will be able to shop it around to other networks, so chances are pretty high that we’ll actually see this one hitting our TV screens in the next year or so.
Kinda sounds a little bit like “Highway To Heaven” meets The Green Mile (another King hit) and since I’m a fan of both these things, I’m genuinely curious to see how “Ayana” makes the transition from the page to the screen.
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