Jean M. Auel's classic novels The Clan Of The Cave Bear are set to be adapted for the small screen.

Moviemaker Ron Howard is executive producing a mini-series based on the bestsellers and Maleficent screenwriter Linda Woolverton has penned the pilot episode, which is set to debut on U.S. cable channel Lifetime next year (15).

Auel's six-book series, which has sold over 60 million copies globally, is set more than 25,000 years ago, when Neanderthals shared the planet with the first early modern humans.

The books inspired a 1986 movie, starring Daryl Hannah.