Last December, the screen rights to Stephen King’s novel 11/22/63 slipped out of Jonathan Demme’s hands. The Silence of the Lambs helmer was grooming the tale for the big screen but, as of last year, the project was “off of the table,” as he put it.
But now, a new party is circling the adaptation: J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot. Deadline says that the company is currently in talks with Warner Bros. to have the story unfold on television as a series rather than a feature film.
In the novel…
Jake Epping is a thirty-five-year-old high school English teacher in Lisbon Falls, Maine, who makes extra money teaching adults in the GED program. He receives an essay from one of the students – a gruesome, harrowing first person story about the night 50 years ago when Harry Dunning’s father came home and killed his mother, his sister, and his brother with a hammer. Harry escaped with a smashed leg, as evidenced by his crooked walk.
Not much later, Jake’s friend Al, who runs the local diner, divulges a secret: his storeroom is a portal to 1958. He enlists Jake on an insane – and insanely possible – mission to try to prevent the Kennedy assassination. So begins Jake’s new life as George Amberson and his new world of Elvis and JFK, of big American cars and sock hops, of a troubled loner named Lee Harvey Oswald and a beautiful high school librarian named Sadie Dunhill, who becomes the love of Jake’s life – a life that transgresses all the normal rules of time.
King’s stuff has had a long history on the small screen and, this year, we’ll be seeing Under the Dome debut on CBS.
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