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James Franco set to headline Stephen King series 11/22/63 for J.J. Abrams

02.12.2015

After several starts and stops over the last few years, Stephen King's time travel novel 11/22/63 is finally moving forward. After director Jonathan Demme dropped out of a film adaptation of the book, J.J. Abrams and Bad Robot optioned it as a Hulu series. Now, the show has it's leading man.

James Franco will star in the nine episode event series which could be optioned for further original seasons depending on fan and critical reaction.

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.

J.J. Abrams has been a longtime fan of Stephen King, even going as far as to option his DARK TOWER novels alongside LOST showrunners Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse. This would represent Abrams' first collaboration with King who currently also has the series HAVEN and UNDER THE DOME airing based on his works.

James Franco has been all over the map in recent years as a writer, director, and actor. 11/22/63 is not a big effects spectacle but does have a lot of human drama in it. Franco seems well cast in the lead for this project which he will also produce alongside Abrams and King.

11/22/63 has no production or release dates but stay tuned for more as it develops.

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11:13AM on 02/13/2015

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The least believable thing in Rise Of The Planet of The Apes was James Franco playing a scientist. That guy should stick to being a stoner.
The least believable thing in Rise Of The Planet of The Apes was James Franco playing a scientist. That guy should stick to being a stoner.
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9:53AM on 02/13/2015
Franco? Well, that's not helping at all.
Franco? Well, that's not helping at all.
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4:54AM on 02/13/2015
Damn! Got to read that thick book before the movie gets released!
Damn! Got to read that thick book before the movie gets released!
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2:22AM on 02/13/2015

I will never understand how James Franco is as famous as he is.

He always looks like he's completely aware of how ridiculous it is that he's pretending to be someone else, which is the complete opposite of what you'd want from an actor. I just can't take him seriously.
He always looks like he's completely aware of how ridiculous it is that he's pretending to be someone else, which is the complete opposite of what you'd want from an actor. I just can't take him seriously.
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5:20PM on 02/12/2015
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4:41PM on 02/12/2015
I read the book and absolutely loved it, but I'm not sold on Franco. The actor most closely resembling my vision of Jake while I was reading the book would be Mark Ruffalo. That being said, I'm really excited for the series nonetheless.
I read the book and absolutely loved it, but I'm not sold on Franco. The actor most closely resembling my vision of Jake while I was reading the book would be Mark Ruffalo. That being said, I'm really excited for the series nonetheless.
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5:19PM on 02/12/2015
Man you hit the nail on the head. Ruffalo would be (or have been) great. Franco's an uncharismatic, lazy, pretentious POS.
Man you hit the nail on the head. Ruffalo would be (or have been) great. Franco's an uncharismatic, lazy, pretentious POS.
12:22PM on 02/13/2015
Yeah, Franco doesn't work for me. I also loved the book and Ruffalo would be great as the main character
Yeah, Franco doesn't work for me. I also loved the book and Ruffalo would be great as the main character
4:32PM on 02/12/2015
I agree with Mick, don't do an Under the Dome and ruin a great story. This is one of my favorite King books and I'd love to see it done right.
I agree with Mick, don't do an Under the Dome and ruin a great story. This is one of my favorite King books and I'd love to see it done right.
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3:42PM on 02/12/2015
Hopefully they just do this as a one time event series. I fear that if they try to stretch this out into multiple seasons it will end up like Under the Dome.
Hopefully they just do this as a one time event series. I fear that if they try to stretch this out into multiple seasons it will end up like Under the Dome.
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