Deadline has learned that the USA Network and Universal Cable Prods. have greenlit a two-hour backdoor pilot for "The Wilding." The supernatural drama will be executive produced by "Heroes'" Tim Kring. The show comes from writer/creator Silka Luisa ("To the Bone") and the two-hour pilot will be directed by "Citadel" helmer Ciarán Foy.
"The Wilding" will follow the Hayes family as they welcome home their 17-year-old daughter Kayla, who has been in a mental health institution for the past decade. The stay in the hospital didn't help Kayla, though, as she is again plagued by visions of dead people.
Casting is already underway for "The Wilding," which is part of NBCUniversal and Universal Cable Prods. efforts to create more "quality series at a lower license fee to the nets." The effort usually sees series, like Syfy's "Hunters," getting a straight-to-series order with episode numbers ranging from eight to 13. While "The Wilding" only has a two-hour pilot commitment right now, Deadline has a hunch that the show could get a series order while the show is in production.