According to The Hollywood Reporter, Sci Fi Channel is getting into business with Steven Spielberg and DreamWorks Television again by giving the green light to production of a 12-hour miniseries titled Nine Lives, NBC Universal Cable executives said Thursday.

Nine Lives will focus on characters who are each grieving over the loss of a loved one and somehow discover how to reunite with them in the afterlife through near-death experiences, Sci Fi executives said during NBC Uni Cable's portion of the Television Critics Assn. winter press tour at the Ritz-Carlton Huntington Hotel.

Sci Fi's collaborated with Spielberg on the Emmy-winning 2003 miniseries Steven Spielberg Presents Taken. Les Bohem, who wrote Taken, also will pen the script for Nine Lives and will executive produce with Spielberg and DreamWorks TV co-presidents Justin Falvey and Darryl Frank.