September 24, 2014 at 4:50 pm #334873
Stephen King’s JFK assassination thriller gets Hulu series order
By James Hibberd on Sep 22, 2014 at 2:00PM
One of Stephen King’s most acclaimed novels in recent years is coming to Hulu as a limited series thanks to super-producer J.J. Abrams.
Hulu has greenlit an adaptation of King’s bestseller 11/22/63 from Warner Bros. TV and Abrams’ Bad Robot productions. The 2011 novel follows a high school English teacher who travels back in time to prevent the assassination of President John F. Kennedy and discovers the past can become very tricky to change. Abrams, King, writer Bridget Carpenter (The Red Road, Friday Night Lights) and Bryan Burk are all executive producers.
“If I ever wrote a book that cries out for long-form, event TV programming, 11/22/63 is it,” King said in a statement.
The project will be designed as a stand-alone story based on King’s novel. But if the show is successful, we’re told the opportunity exists to do additional seasons based on the same format.
Abrams released this note: “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.”
From Carpenter: “Stephen King is one of my literary heroes. Creating this miniseries from his extraordinary book is a dream come true. My dad, a lifelong Stephen King fanatic, still cannot believe it.”
For Hulu, the order marks the streaming service’s most significant original series order yet as the company looks to compete with streaming kingpin Netflix along with Amazon. No release date has been determined.September 24, 2014 at 4:50 pm #334875
Post more news/updates/reviews for the limited series on this threadSeptember 24, 2014 at 4:52 pm #334876
11/26/63 is one of the few Stephen King books I haven’t read yet, but it being one of his most acclaimed novels I think it will make a good mini series.
Hopefully it won’t end up like the god awful Under the DomeSeptember 24, 2014 at 5:40 pm #334877
My hatred for this book is beyond words. Might be the first time I skip anything connected to King.September 25, 2014 at 12:55 am #334879
I’m a huge fan of Stephen King, but I too was not a fan of this book. The main thing I didn’t like was the middle section where the story veers off track quiet a bit; the main character spends 5 years (and many chapters) persuing a relationship in a segment that feels like something out of a separate genre. Not that the story he told was bad, I mean it’s King, but it felt out of place to me and irrelevant. The actual story time dedicated to the JFK assassination felt so disproportionately short to the build up and get-the-girl “sidequest” that it left me with an unfavorable opinion of the book. I mean it was okay, I’ve just come to expect more out of King.September 25, 2014 at 5:58 am #334880
[quote=”vinman422″]My hatred for this book is beyond words. Might be the first time I skip anything connected to King.
Really? What didn’t you like about it? [/quote]
The main character wasn’t really very developed in my opinion. The middle section was a joke. The buildup to the JFK stuff was kinda blah.February 12, 2015 at 1:01 pm #334881
James Franco To Star In ’11/22/63′ Hulu Series
From J.J. Abrams & Stephen King
by Nellie Andreeva February 12, 2015 12:00pm
James Franco is returning to his TV roots with a starring role in the 9-episode Hulu Original Series 11/22/63, from J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot Productions and author Stephen King.
The thriller, based upon the best-selling 2011 novel written by King, is described as an event series, but the streaming service is open to additional seasons, possibly focused on other historic events. Adapted for television by Bridget Carpenter (The Red Road), 11/22/63 centers on Jake Epping (Franco), an unassuming divorced English teacher who stumbles upon a time portal that leads to 9/9/1958 and goes on a quest to try and prevent the assassination of John F. Kennedy, which occurred on November 22, 1963. But his mission is threatened by Lee Harvey Oswald, his falling in love and the past itself … which doesn’t want to be changed.
King, Abrams, Carpenter and Bryan Burk executive produce; Franco will serve as a producer. Warner Bros. TV, where Bad Robot is based, is the studio.
Franco, repped by CAA, Sloane, Offer, Weber and Dern, got his first break with a co-starring role on the cult dramedy Freaks and Geeks and earned his first awards recognition with his starring role in the TV biopic James Dean.April 7, 2015 at 10:28 am #334882
Chris Cooper & Others Join Hulu’s ’11/22/63′ Cast; Director Set
by Erik Pedersen April 7, 2015 9:25am
Oscar winner Chris Cooper is among seven actors cast in 11/22/63, Hulu’s adaptation of Stephen King’s 2011 bestseller starring James Franco. Kevin Macdonald, who helmed The Last King Of Scotland and won an Oscar for his feature documentary One Day In September, will direct the first two of the nine-episode event series.
The story centers on Jake Epping (Franco), an unassuming divorced English teacher who stumbles upon a time portal that leads to September 1958 and goes on a quest to prevent the assassination of President Kennedy. But his mission is threatened by Lee Harvey Oswald, his falling in love and the past itself — which doesn’t want to be changed.
The actors join Sarah Gadon, who Deadline told you yesterday was aboard to play Sadie Dunhill, the luminous, sharp librarian in 1960s Jodie, Texas, who falls in love with Jake, unaware of his double life.
Cooper will play Al Templeton, he irascible owner of Al’s Diner, a mentor/friend to Jake. His appeal to save Kennedy sends Jake on his incredible mission. Also joining the cast: Daniel Webber as Oswald, one of the most discussed figures in American history and an enigma even to himself; Cherry Jones as Marguerite Oswald, Oswald’s mother who is as needy and difficult as her infamous son; George MacKay as Bill Turcotte, a young, guileless bartender from 1960s Kentucky who becomes Jake’s ally; Lucy Fry as Marina Oswald, Oswald’s Russian wife — a knockout and challenged to make her way in a foreign country with her unpredictable husband; and Leon Rippy as Harry Dunning, a kind, soft-spoken and damaged janitor at Jake’s school in 2015; his traumatic early life in the 1960s has a surprising impact on Jake.
11/22/63 is from J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot Productions, author King, executive producer/writer Bridget Carpenter and Warner Bros. Television.May 18, 2015 at 1:53 pm #334884
T.R. Knight Joins ‘11/22/63’ On Hulu
by Denise Petski May 18, 2015 10:00am
T.R. Knight (Grey’s Anatomy, 42, The Good Wife) has joined the cast of Hulu Original event series 11/22/63, from J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot Productions and author Stephen King. Adapted for television by Bridget Carpenter (The Red Road), 11/22/63 centers on Jake Epping (James Franco), an unassuming divorced English teacher who stumbles upon a time portal that leads to September 9, 1958, and goes on a quest to prevent the assassination of John F. Kennedy, which occurred on November 22, 1963. But his mission is threatened by Lee Harvey Oswald, his falling in love and the past itself — which doesn’t want to be changed.
Knight will play Johnny Clayton, a salesman in 1960s Texas who can’t quite break up with his estranged wife Sadie Dunhill (Sarah Gadon), even as she falls in love with Jake (Franco). Charismatic but controlling, Johnny confronts Jake in a tense encounter that puts Jake’s double life at risk. But there’s equal danger in what will happen if Jake and Sadie expose Johnny’s own secrets.
King, Abrams, Carpenter and Bryan Burk executive produce; Franco will serve as a producer. Warner Bros. TV, where Bad Robot is based, is the studio.May 18, 2015 at 3:34 pm #334885
I just finished the book about a week and a half ago. Try as I might, I just can’t picture Franco for the lead. But maybe he’ll surprise us. And Knight as Clayton? Interesting. Looking forward to finding out who the rest of the cast will be.