The Things They Left Behind Stephen King TV series is a go

Seth Grahame-Smith and Arrow’s Greg Berlanti developing Stephen King TV show at CBS

CBS are staying in the Stephen King business
CBS are staying in the Stephen King business

CBS have won the rights to Stephen King’s short story The Things They Left Behind and have commissioned a pilot from Seth Grahame-Smith and Greg Berlanti.

Deadline reports that there was some competitive jostling for the rights, but CBS, who have found success with their King show Under The Dome, locked it down.

The Things They Left Behind centres on an unlikely pair of investigators carrying out the unfinished business of the dead.”

A pilot has been commissioned and will be written by Grahame-Smith, the man behind Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, Dark Shadows and the upcoming Beetlejuice 2. Berlanti, currently enjoying the success of Arrow and the upcoming The Flash, is on board as a producer.

The story was originally published as a part of Transgressions: Volume Two in 2003 and is set “in the aftermath of 9/11.”

Whether it’s for the big screen or small, adapting King has proven to be a consistently tricky business (for example, as well as Under The Dome performs, the reviews have been dire), but when it goes right, it really goes right and a host of his stories are currently in development. We’ll be keeping a close eye on this one.

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