The author and actor team up to adapt King's ''Bag of Bones''

By Clark Collis
Updated November 11, 2011 at 05:00 AM EST

Pierce Brosnan is most famous for starring in such big-screen projects as 1999’s The Thomas Crown Affair, last year’s Percy Jackson and the Olympians, and, of course, four James Bond movies. But the onetime Remington Steele star has never been snobby about appearing on the small screen, and this Dec. 11 he’ll return to TV with the A&E miniseries adaptation of Stephen King‘s Bag of Bones. In the thriller, Brosnan plays a best-selling novelist who relocates to a lakeside retreat in western Maine following the death of his wife (Annabeth Gish). ”He finds out his wife had gone [to the lake house] to investigate some murders,” Brosnan explains, adding that the miniseries ”deals with racism, it deals with grief, it deals with romance. It’s four full-on hours of Stephen King.” Looking ahead, Brosnan is hopeful that the long-in-the-works Crown sequel could shoot in ”the next year or so,” and the 58-year-old actor has also heard ”rumblings” about a second Percy Jackson movie. ”They pushed out grandly the first time around,” Brosnan says of the debut film in the intended franchise, which cost a reported $95 million but earned a meager $88 million domestically. ”They’ve just got to crunch the numbers and make it work in this [economic] climate. I said, ‘If you want me, you know where to find me.”’