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J.J. Abrams' Bad Robot is optioning Stephen King's 11/22/63 to develop as a series

04.29.2013
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In a recent Ten Spot on the best unfilmed Stephen King stories, 11/22/63 was in my Top 5.  For a while, director Jonathan Demme was attached to the movie but left after disagreements with King over how the plot should be altered for a feature film.  At over 800 pages, cutting anything would be detrimental to the overal story.  So, if you cannot fit everything into a single movie, where else could you tell a long and involved story?

Television seems the ideal place for many of Stephen King's tales and 11/22/63 may be headed that way thanks to J.J. Abrams and his Bad Robot productions who, according to Deadline, are optioning the rights to the time travel novel to develop as a series.  No word on which network may be involved in developing the show, but Bad Robot has worked at all of the networks in the past.  Currently two of their shows are coming back for additional seasons: REVOLUTION on NBC and PERSON OF INTEREST on CBS.

Here's the synopsis of 11/22/63:

Jake Epping, 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.

It is a massive, sprawling story that could easily be made into either a mini-series or an ongoing series.  With King's UNDER THE DOME premiering this summer on CBS, we may finally be getting to a quality run of Stephen King series on television.  Part of me hopes this will lead to someone finally getting the balls to produce THE DARK TOWER, but only time will tell.

Source: Deadline

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10:34AM on 04/30/2013
I am a fan of JJ Abrams. He has made some really great films and television shows.
But after Star Trek Into Darkness comes out, I am going to BOYCOTT all other JJ Abrams films until he starts the Cloverfield sequel. I mean Cloverfield came out in 2008, and immediately the fans were calling fro a sequel, and 5 years have passed and nothing is happening. So fans need to put a little pressure on JJ Abrams to not abandon the property.
I am a fan of JJ Abrams. He has made some really great films and television shows.
But after Star Trek Into Darkness comes out, I am going to BOYCOTT all other JJ Abrams films until he starts the Cloverfield sequel. I mean Cloverfield came out in 2008, and immediately the fans were calling fro a sequel, and 5 years have passed and nothing is happening. So fans need to put a little pressure on JJ Abrams to not abandon the property.
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12:16PM on 04/30/2013
Wow. I'm guessing positive reviews of the Star Wars sequels could very well end that boycott....
Wow. I'm guessing positive reviews of the Star Wars sequels could very well end that boycott....
6:40PM on 04/29/2013

MAKE THE TOWER

JUST MAKE THE DARK TOWER A TV SHOW ALREADY! FUCK!!!!! HAVE YOU SEEN GAME OF THRONES???? YEA DO THE DARK TOWER WITH THAT QUALITY AND IT WILL ALL BE GOOD! FUCK!
JUST MAKE THE DARK TOWER A TV SHOW ALREADY! FUCK!!!!! HAVE YOU SEEN GAME OF THRONES???? YEA DO THE DARK TOWER WITH THAT QUALITY AND IT WILL ALL BE GOOD! FUCK!
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4:05PM on 04/29/2013
Is this book as bad & overrated as 'Under the Dome'?
Is this book as bad & overrated as 'Under the Dome'?
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6:32PM on 04/29/2013
it is as good an well rated as Under the Dome, even better. Your -10 backs me up.
it is as good an well rated as Under the Dome, even better. Your -10 backs me up.
10:08AM on 04/30/2013
Halfway through it. Whole town of blatant stereotypes speaking zany King-speach nobody on Earth uses. Dude gets praised for returning to form just because he writes another 800+ page megatome.

On the bright side, I will finish it. Gotta we the sloppy, rushed ending he pulls from his butt in the last 10 pages.
Halfway through it. Whole town of blatant stereotypes speaking zany King-speach nobody on Earth uses. Dude gets praised for returning to form just because he writes another 800+ page megatome.

On the bright side, I will finish it. Gotta we the sloppy, rushed ending he pulls from his butt in the last 10 pages.
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4:03PM on 04/29/2013

Yes!

This is great news. I always thought this would work better as a mini-series but you could definetly make a full series out of the book. I'm even more excited now that Bad Robot is involved. I would imagine that they would like to get some sort of official announcement about the project out soon since this year will be the 50th anniversary of JFK's assassination.
This is great news. I always thought this would work better as a mini-series but you could definetly make a full series out of the book. I'm even more excited now that Bad Robot is involved. I would imagine that they would like to get some sort of official announcement about the project out soon since this year will be the 50th anniversary of JFK's assassination.
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