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Lifetime Orders ‘The Clan Of The Cave Bear’ Pilot

Lifetime has ordered a new drama pilot The Clan of the Cave Bear, based on Jean M. Auel’s series of best-selling novels, the network announced Wednesday.

The movie, a co-production with Fox 21 and Lionsgate in association with Imagine Television and Allison Shearmur Productions, follows the life of a young cro-magnon child raised by Neanderthals. The series will be executively produced by  Ron Howard (A Beautiful Mind, Rush) and Oscar® and Emmy® Award winner Brian Grazer (A Beautiful Mind, 24), along with Allison Shearmur (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Cinderella), Francie Calfo (Gang Related, Empire) and Auel.  Linda Woolverton (Maleficent, The Lion King), will write the pilot, according to Lifetime.

“With the visionary creative team of Ron Howard, Linda Woolverton, Brian Grazer, Alli Shearmur, Jean M. Auel and Francie Calfo behind it, this project has it all -- epic storytelling, great characters and a unique world that’s never been explored on television before,” said Rob Sharenow, executive vice president and general manager of Lifetime in a statement. “This is exactly the type of top-tier creative talent and great stories we embrace at Lifetime.”