January 19, 2017

Stephen King’s JFK assassination story optioned by Jonathan Demme


By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Stephen King’s phone has been ringing off the hook as Hollywood producers pay more attention to the best-selling author than they have in decades.

Ron Howard flirted with converting King’s “Dark Tower” series to a multi-part TV and movie series. “Harry Potter” collaborators David Yates and Steve Kloves announced that they plan to tackle King’s post-apocalyptic adventure “The Stand” for Warner Bros. And now Jonathan Demme is optioning the rights to King’s upcoming time-travel novel “11/22/63,” which reportedly has something to do with the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

THR, which breaks the story, says Demme “will write and direct as well as produce the adaptation” of the novel, which comes out in November and “centers on an English teacher who goes through a time portal in an effort to stop the Kennedy assassination. He finds himself dealing with luminaries ranging from Elvis to JFK and meets a high school librarian that becomes the love of his life.”

It sounds excellent, and has the potential to be a great film. It’s hard to tell if it is a rousing adventure or a darker drama, though King (and Demme) are capable of both. So grab the book later this fall, and brace yourself for the movie, which could be in theaters in 2012, if the pieces fall into place.

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About Sean O'Connell

Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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One Comment

  • August 12, 2011 | Permalink |

    It sounds a lot like Stanley Shapiro’s 1986 novel “A Time to Remember” about a guy who goes back in time to stop the JFK assasination.

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