“What if you could change the past?”
This is the question asked by next year’s eight-part Hulu event 11.22.63, which comes from the book of the same name by Stephen King. According to THR, “the streaming service has handed out a straight-to-series order for 11/22/63, a nine-hour event series from J.J. Abrams.”
It’s pretty common knowledge that King’s work has been re-worked, adapted, and referenced in a handful of great movies and the occasional TV series. And for good reason too – he is without a doubt one of the greatest storytellers ever. Abrams will get some help on the project as Bridget Carpenter (Friday Night Lights, Parenthood) will write and exec produce the show with him and King. Not a bad team to have on a project at all. King and Abrams have expressed admiration for one another:
I’ve been a fan of Stephen King since I was in junior high school. The chance to work with him at all, let alone on a story so compelling, emotional and imaginative, is a dream. We are thrilled to be working with Hulu on this very special project. – Abrams
If I ever wrote a book that cries out for longform, event TV programming, 11/22/63 is it. I’m excited that it’s going to happen, and am looking forward to working with J.J. Abrams and the whole Bad Robot team. – King
Hulu Release Date: February 15, 2016
Starring: James Franco, Chris Cooper, Josh Duhamel, Lucy Fry, Sarah Gadon, Daniel Webber, Cherry Jones, and T.R. Knight
Synopsis: Jake Epping, an ordinary high school teacher, is presented with the unthinkable mission of traveling back in time to prevent the assassination of John F. Kennedy on November 22, 1963. Jake is willing to live in the past in order to solve perhaps the greatest mystery of the 20th century — who killed JFK, and could it have been stopped? As Jake tries to rewrite history, he discovers that the past does not want to be changed and will do anything to stop him.