After it was announced last fall that Stephen King’s novel 11/22/63 was coming to Hulu, Deadline is now reporting that James Franco will star in the 9-episode series which is being produced by Bad Robot Productions – J.J. Abrams’ production company.
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.
The book itself was a great read, and hopefully the translation into a series will do the story justice. It is unfortunate that it will air only on Hulu as this means only those in the U.S. will be able to initially view it. Depending on how well the series does, Hulu may be open to additional seasons which may be focused on other historical events.
As of yet the series does not have a release date, and will see Stephen King, J.J. Abrams, Bridget Carpenter, and Bryan Burk as executive producers. Franco will not only star as Epping, but will produce the series as well.
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