‘Hospital’ stay for Beeb

Sony sells King's von Trier adaptation to BBC

LONDON — Sony Pictures Television Intl. has sold the much-anticipated series “Stephen King’s Kingdom Hospital” to the BBC.

Starring Ed Begley Jr., Andrew McCarthy, Diane Ladd and Bruce Davison, the supernatural drama is based on Lars von Trier’s 1994 and 1997 Danish TV minis “The Kingdom.”

Described as a cross between “ER” and “The Shining,” drama takes place in a modern hospital built on the site of an ancient mill and the Old Kingdom hospital, both destroyed by fire, where ghosts from the past invade the present.

Director on the new series is Craig Baxley, who helmed King’s “Rose Red.” Written entirely by King, season one of “Kingdom Hospital” will air in the U.S. on ABC, beginning with a 90-minute premiere in February.

The Beeb has exclusive first U.K. rights and plans to air the series on BBC2 and digital web BBC3 later next year.

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