It’s J.J. Abrams’ world – we’re all just living in it. The filmmaker is ready to launch his Star Trek sequel this summer, then he’s jumping ship to Star Wars – and if that weren’t enough we’ve now learned that his Bad Robot production company is in negotiations to bring Stephen King’s 2011 bestseller 11/22/63 to the small screen.
Deadline reports that the plan is to adapt the master of horror’s most recent tome into either a miniseries or a television series (which is the path another of the author’s works, Under the Dome, is currently taking) aimed at a cable channel rather than a regular network. Warner Bros. is handling the deal.
While King is commonly known for his classic tales of terror (or his epic Dark Tower series), 11/22/63 is more of a time-travel tale with a touching romance. When a high school teacher named Jake Epping discovers a tear in time in the storeroom of a local diner, he winds up back in 1958. Jake can travel back and forth through the tear at will, but it always dumps him back on the same September day in that year.
Epping eventually decides the best thing he can do with this ability to travel back to another era is hang around long enough to stop Lee Harvey Oswald from killing JFK – but will his plan work? And will saving Kennedy really lead to a better future?
King’s novel is hands down the best book he’s written since It. Richly researched and filled with historical detail (and yes, there are still some horrifying things happening), the novel could make for a fascinating miniseries.
This marks Hollywood’s second attempt to adapt 11/22/63. Jonathan Demme optioned the title with plans to turn it into a feature film prior to the book’s release, but he couldn’t get it off the ground. Here’s to hoping Bad Robot has better luck with it.