Universal Developing Stephen King's 'Ayana' TV Series

Stephen King

One of the most prolific writers of the past few decades, Stephen King has never been a stranger to television. In fact, countless novels and short stories in the writer's catalog have been adapted for the small screen since the late 1970s. However, it does seem as if King's work is experiencing a bit of a resurgence on television.

While many television adaptations of King's work have opted to format his novels into mini-series, networks have become increasingly interested in transforming his stories into full-fledged series. USA's The Dead Zone - which ran from 2002 to 2007 - is one fairly recent example of this trend, but newer projects like CBS's Under the Dome and Syfy's Haven indicate that King's TV presence may be on the rise. Today provides further evidence of that fact.

According to The Wrap, Universal Television is developing a drama series based on the 2007 King short story Ayana. NBC is reportedly considering the project. Chris Sparling - perhaps best known for the 2010 Ryan Reynolds film Buried - will write the pilot with Ben Haber (The Smurfs) producing and Jordan Kerner (Charlotte's Web) onboard as executive producer.

Set in 1982, Ayana tells the story of a man who is called upon to help others after a blind young girl (the title character) miraculously heals his father of pancreatic cancer. It was originally published in the Fall 2007 issue of The Paris Review and ultimately included in King's short story collection Just After Sunset.

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CBS' 'Under the Dome' is a recent TV success based on a King story

At this point, there are no details regarding how the Ayana series would adapt King's work, though it's likely that the show would be set in modern times and re-titled to focus on the protagonist and his mission to repay Ayana's miracle. The series could easily develop into an anthology focusing on a different miracle each episode, with the main character's debt as the emotional spine running throughout the series.

Considering that Syfy recently renewed Haven (loosely based on King's 2005 novel The Colorado Kid), it's no surprise that its parent company, Universal, is looking to develop more of his stories into hit TV series. After all, CBS is already in the King business, with Under the Dome set to begin season 2 this summer, and ABC is developing a series titled Grand Central based on another short story from King's Just After Sunset collection. That means that King could soon have television adaptations of his work on three of the four major networks. At this point, it wouldn't surprise anyone if Fox was next to announce a King project.

Do you think Ayana sounds like a good fit for a TV series? What King story would you like to see adapted next? Let us know in the comments section below.


Stay tuned to Screen Rant for all the latest updates on the Ayana television series.

Source: The Wrap

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