Stephen King’s “Under the Dome” has been a huge hit for CBS which assisted the studio to make an easy decision to adapt “The Things They Left Behind”, a supernatural procedural drama based on Stephen King’s short story.
Courtesy of Deadline who ran with the story first:
“The project, produced by Warner Bros. TV and Berlanti’s studio-based Berlanti Prods., has received a put pilot from the network, which has had success with another drama adaptation of a work by King, summer series Under The Dome. Written by Grahame-Smith, The Things They Left Behindcenters on an unlikely pair of investigators carrying out the unfinished business of the dead. Grahame-Smith and his producing partner David Katzenberg will executive produce through their KatzSmith banner, along with Berlanti Prods.’ Berlanti and Sarah Schechter.”
The original “Things They Left Behind” takes place in the aftermath of 9/11, and was published in 2003 as part of the short story compilation “Transgressions: Volume Two”. Indie filmmakers Pablo Macho Maysonet IV, Guillaume Heulard and Stéphane Valette already identified the potential of the material by releasing two short films based on King’s short story back in 2011 and 2013.
Anything Stephen King at this point receives our official stamp of approval. The idea to create this into a series is an interesting one that should spawn enough source material for Berlanti to play around with.