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Jonathan Demme options Stephen King's upcoming time-travel JFK novel

08.12.2011

Just one day after it was announced Warner Bros. was moving forward with an adaptation of Stephen King's "The Stand" with HARRY POTTER duo David Yates and Steve Kloves, we get word that Jonathan Demme (SILENCE OF THE LAMBS) has optioned the rights to King's upcoming novel 11/22/63.

11/22/63 doesn't hit bookshelves until November but early manuscripts have been floating around Hollywood and Demme moved quickly to grab the rights. Demme would write and direct the project, his first film since 2008's RACHEL GETTING MARRIED.

The novel follows an English teacher from Maine (natch) who finds a portal to the 1950s in a local diner. He zaps back in time with the purpose of stopping the JFK assassination but gets a little bit more than he bargained for.

As of now, the production isn't financed or set up at any studio. Should it actually move ahead, King would executive produce the film.

Along with THE STAND, it's just one of a number of King films in the production pipeline along with remakes of CARRIE, IT and PET SEMATARY.

Source: THR

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6:51PM on 08/13/2011
As much as you'd want to, you couldn't change history but you could go back and film what really happened.
As much as you'd want to, you couldn't change history but you could go back and film what really happened.
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10:35AM on 08/13/2011
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couldn't agree more, love the Stand, hated the ending, and a lot more are like that except the Dark Tower, that was the best ending in any of his books
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couldn't agree more, love the Stand, hated the ending, and a lot more are like that except the Dark Tower, that was the best ending in any of his books
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10:38PM on 08/12/2011

Subxcess

Case in point: Cell.
This book sounds good. Another long one, at 800-odd pages.
Case in point: Cell.
This book sounds good. Another long one, at 800-odd pages.
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10:25AM on 08/12/2011

Agreed

i couldn't agree more subxcess. His books are amazing, but he always brings you so out of the story with his endings. I believe this is why many of his books are not great movie adaptations. There is only so much suspension of disbelief, before it's ridiculous.
i couldn't agree more subxcess. His books are amazing, but he always brings you so out of the story with his endings. I believe this is why many of his books are not great movie adaptations. There is only so much suspension of disbelief, before it's ridiculous.
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10:05AM on 08/12/2011

Love King..

Hate his endings.

I have read basically all his books and it kills me that this man can't end a book. They are so fucking good right up until that last two chapters.

Took me a month to read the Dome and wow...what an awesome book...but that ending...............
Hate his endings.

I have read basically all his books and it kills me that this man can't end a book. They are so fucking good right up until that last two chapters.

Took me a month to read the Dome and wow...what an awesome book...but that ending...............
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9:57AM on 08/12/2011

YES

Awesome. I'm still waiting on Spielberg to start on Under the Dome, that would be a great mini-series. And PLEASE make a Duma Key movie!!!
Awesome. I'm still waiting on Spielberg to start on Under the Dome, that would be a great mini-series. And PLEASE make a Duma Key movie!!!
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9:30AM on 08/12/2011

YES

and more yes. The more Stephen King the better I say. Looking forward to it all, especially 'IT'. Speaking of, what's the news with that?
and more yes. The more Stephen King the better I say. Looking forward to it all, especially 'IT'. Speaking of, what's the news with that?
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9:28AM on 08/12/2011

calling it now...

I bet the guy inadvertently becomes the man on the grassy knoll.
I bet the guy inadvertently becomes the man on the grassy knoll.
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1:32PM on 08/12/2011
Yup. I have read so many King novels, he is far too predictable now.
Yup. I have read so many King novels, he is far too predictable now.
8:48PM on 08/13/2011
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That would basically just be the ending of 'The Parallax View' with a sci-fi spin and historical context.
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That would basically just be the ending of 'The Parallax View' with a sci-fi spin and historical context.
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