Stephen King’s JFK assassination story optioned by Jonathan Demme

By Sean O’Connell 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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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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