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Jonathan Demme set to write, direct & produce Stephen King's 11/22/63

08.11.2011by: Jake Dee
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Stephen King teaming with Jon Demme? Not sure about you, but I like that a whole lot better than the failed King-Ron Howard marriage!

Anyway, Showblitz is reporting that the great Jonathan Demme (THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS, PHILADELHIA) has bought the rights to Stephen King's upcoming novel, 11/22/63, with plans to write, produce and direct the adaptation to the big-screen himself. Pretty damn sweet, no?

Word is the book follows Jake Epping, a 35-year-old high school English teacher from Maine who travels back in time to try and prevent President John F. Kennedy’s assassination in Dallas on Nov. 22, 1963.

Nice! So it'll be a sci-fi period piece. A little different territory for King, and Demme for that matter, but with as much talent as those dudes have between them, it's hard to conceive of them making a substandard movie.

As you know, King's THE DARK TOWER is looking for suitors after Universal passed. A&E is adapting his "Bag Of Bones" to the small-screen. Meanwhile, remakes of CARRIE and PET SEMATARY (and who remembers how many else) continue to persist. A bit of understatement, but King is never out of work...literarily or cinematically.

For Demme, 11/22/63 will mark his first narrative feature since RACHEL GETTING MARRIED in 2008. He's since done TV and doc work, notably NEIL YOUNG TRUNK SHOW and I'M CAROLYN PARKER. I for one couldn't not be more thrilled his next feature will be a Stephen King adaptation.

What says you?

Pre-order 11/22/63 HERE.

RACHEL GETTING MARRIED star Anne Hathaway

Extra Tidbit: What's your favorite Jonathan Demme movie?
Source: Showblitz

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2:31AM on 08/12/2011
This is awesome news, but fo reals, I need to get my hands on the damn book already! Uncle Stevie, the wait is killing me!!! And yeah, Silence for my tidbit answer.
This is awesome news, but fo reals, I need to get my hands on the damn book already! Uncle Stevie, the wait is killing me!!! And yeah, Silence for my tidbit answer.
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11:26PM on 08/11/2011
I'm absolutely down...

Demme's finest hour is, without question, Silence of the Lambs.
I'm absolutely down...

Demme's finest hour is, without question, Silence of the Lambs.
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9:45PM on 08/11/2011

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Silence of the Lambs Notwithstanding..
It's a toss up between Melvin and Howard and the Talking Heads doc Stop Making Sense.
Silence of the Lambs Notwithstanding..
It's a toss up between Melvin and Howard and the Talking Heads doc Stop Making Sense.
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