In a competitive situation, CBS has landed The Things They Left Behind, a supernatural procedural drama based on Stephen King’s short story, from Seth Grahame-Smith, and Greg Berlanti. 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 Behind centers 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 Things They Left Behind, set in the aftermath of 9/11, was originally published in 2003 as part of the compilation Transgressions: Volume Two. It was adapted into an extended short film by filmmaker Pablo Macho Maysonet IV.
This marks the second sale so far this season for Berlanti Prods. The company has conspiracy drama Blindspot at NBC with writer Martin Gero. Additionally, Berlanti, who is behind the CW’s Arrow and The Flash, is prepping the high-profile Supergirl series with writer Ali Adler. Grahame-Smith and Katzenberg are adapting another King book to the screen, IT, which they are producing as a feature at Warner Bros. with Dan Lin and True Detective director Cary Fukunaga. KatzSmith’s film projects also include Beetlejuice, for director Tim Burton at WB, and Something Wicked This Way Comes, with Seth directing at Disney. Berlanti, Grahame-Smith and Katzenberg are repped by WME. King is with Paradigm.