'Haven' for E1 on the smallscreen

Stephen King is taking another stab at the smallscreen, signing on to turn his novella “The Colorado Kid” into an hourlong series for indie studio E1 Entertainment (“Hung”).

Titled “Haven,” the project centers on a spooky town in Maine where cursed folk live normal lives in exile. When those curses start returning, FBI agent Audrey Parker is brought in to keep those supernatural forces at bay — while trying to unravel the mysteries of Haven.

The team who turned King’s “The Dead Zone” into a series for USA Network are at it again for “Haven”: Scott Shepherd will serve as showrunner and exec produce with Lloyd Segan and Shawn Piller. Shepherd, Segan and Piller were all exec producers on “The Dead Zone,” which ran for six seasons and went off the air in 2008.

Two more “Dead Zone” alums, Sam Ernst and Jim Dunn, are writing the pilot and will also serve as exec producers. E1′s John Morayniss and Noreen Halpern are exec producers as well.

E1 has already committed to producing 13 episodes of “Haven” and is in advanced talks with several European broadcast partners to sign on and help finance the show.

E1 plans to bring the international co-production to next month’s Mipcom confab. After securing an international partner, the company will turn its attention to finding U.S. and Canadian broadcasters. E1 has aggressively pursued international co-productions, setting up series such as “Copper” for ABC and Canwest and “The Bridge” for CBS and CTV.

Morayniss said production on “Haven” will commence some time in the next six months, after partners are secured and casting is finalized.

“The Colorado Kid” was first published in 2005. Adaptation was initially developed for ABC for the 2008-09 TV season.

King has a long history of seeing his works translated for television — most recently, the Syfy longform “Children of the Corn,” which was telecast this past weekend.

King was also behind ABC’s 2003-04 TV series “Stephen King’s Kingdom Hospital,” which was actually based on a Danish miniseries. Other recent King adaptations include ABC’s telepic “Stephen King’s Desperation” and TNT’s mini “Stephen King’s Salem’s Lot.”

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