A few years back the-then Sci-Fi Channel picked up the series as a 12-hour miniseries, but ended up doing nothing (and I mean nothing) with it. Now that some time has passed, NBC is interested in taking it on to be more like a full-blown series than a mini-series, as writer Les Bohem is now reworking the script for a broader, more NBC-style audience.
So what, pray tell, is NINE LIVES all about? Check it: [The show] revolves around a group of people who find a way to reunite with their loved ones in the afterlife through near-death experiences, but those journeys unleash an evil force.
They were going to go with FLATLINERS as the working title, but then realized it already existed for a movie with the same premise. A few years back we heard FLATLINERS might be a TV series from Stephen Susco, but apparently this project isn't the same thing. Even though it sounds suspiciously like the Kiefer Sutherland / Kevin Bacon / Julia Roberts classic. If one of the evil spirits is named Billy Mahoney, we'll know for sure if it's a blatant rip-off or not.
NBC hasn't officially taken on NINE LIVES (waiting for that broader script, I think), but with Spielberg on board and a tired-and-true premise, they'd be crazy not to. Stick around for more on NINE LIVES as we hear it!