Sounding like a darker BACK TO THE FUTURE, Stephen King’s novel, ‘11/22/63‘ tells the tale of a man who travels back in time with five years to stop the assassination of John F. Kennedy. The plot has film or television adaption written all over it, and from the sound of it, J.J. Abrams (SUPER 8, STAR TREK) agrees. Abrams’ Bad Robot production company has acquired the book’s rights, in plans for a TV series. I don’t know about you Fright Fiends, but being a fan of both Stephen King and J.J. Abrams, I’m pretty anxious to see what comes out of this collaboration.
“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.”
Originally, director Jonathon Demme (THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS) was in line to direct a film adaption of the novel, until the project fell through the cracks and eventually into Abrams’ hands.
Could be a lot of fun, what do you think?