Taken helmer Pierre Morel will direct the Lifetime drama pilot The Clan Of The Cave Bear, from Fox 21 TV Studios, Lionsgate TV, Imagine TV and Allison Shearmur Prods.

Based on the first book of Jean M. Auel’s Earth’s Children series, The Clan Of The Cave Bear takes place at a time in prehistory more than 25,000 years ago when Neanderthals shared Earth with the first early modern humans and a band of cave dwellers adopt blond and blue-eyed Ayla (Millie Brady) a child of the “Others.” As Ayla matures into a young woman of spirit and courage, she must fight for survival against the jealous bigotry of Broud (Johnny Ward), who will one day be Clan leader. The pilot also stars Hal Ozsan as Brun, the leader of the Clan. Linda Woolverton (Alice in Wonderland) wrote the pilot and is executive producing with Ron Howard, Brian Grazer, Allison Shearmur, Francie Calfo and Jean M. Auel.

This marks the third U.S. pilot for French director Morel. The first two, Zero Hour at ABC and The Night Shift at NBC, both went to series.