USA Network has opted not to proceed with The Wilding, its two-hour supernatural drama pilot from executive producers Tim Kring, writer-creator Silka Luisa and Universal Cable Prods.

The project, starring Jordana Spiro, was part of a broader initiative at UCP and the NBCUniversal cable networks it supplies, including USA and Syfy, to jump-start a greater volume of high-end series at a lower license fee to the nets through a model that involves UCP supplementing the budget for the shows through financing via collaborations with international networks and SVOD deals. The first project under that initiative is the upcoming Syfy/UCP straight-to-series drama series Hunters, from Gale Anne Hurd and Natalie Chaidez.

I hear The Wilding is being shopped by UCP, which is evaluating the option to go ahead and produce the series without a U.S. network.

Set in suburban North Carolina, The Wilding centered around the Hayes family — a typical, loving blended family seeking a fresh start after their 17-year-old daughter, Kayla, is released from a mental health institution following ten years of treatment. Their ideals are quickly threatened, however, when Kayla’s apparitions of the dead begin to haunt them once again. The pilot was directed by Ciarán Foy.