I’ve always been a Stephen King fan, but he has had some hits and misses, especially when bringing his content to the small and big screens. Don’t even get me started on Under the Dome — that really should have been a one season show. One of my all time favourite Stephen King reads was 11.22.63, and many of you may recognize the date as the date of JFK’s assassination. In the novel, a man discovers a portal to the past — 1958 to be exact — who attempts to prevent the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. 11.22.63 was picked up by Hulu, and the streaming service has released a trailer ahead of the February air date.
Jake Epping, a high school teacher who is played by James Franco, is shown a “rabbit-hole closet” which allows him to travel to the past. Each time he steps into the past, he is transported to the same exact date and time, and no matter how long he spends there only 2 minutes elapse in the present. In the book, the portal follows the following rules (courtesy Wikipedia):
- Every journey through the portal transports the traveler to September 9, 1958, at precisely 11:58 a.m.
- No matter how long someone stays in the past—hours, days, weeks, or years—only two minutes elapse in 2011.
- Past events can be changed; however, subsequent use of the portal “resets” the timeline and nullifies all changes made on the previous excursion.
- The “obdurate” past throws up obstacles to prevent history from being changed. Such resistance is proportional to the magnitude of the change.
After watching the trailer, it looks like it should follow the book fairly well, and I do like the fact that this is being pegged as an eight-part event series which hopefully means they won’t try and extend it past the content in the book like what happened with Under the Dome. What I don’t like is that it’s a Hulu exclusive…
Check out the trailer below:
Executive produced by J.J. Abrams, Stephen King, Bridget Carpenter, and Bryan Burk, it was recently revealed that both Abrams and Franco were both independently interested in bringing the novel to the screen.
Abrams and Franco detailed the history of the show, revealing that Franco himself tried to option the King novel after reading it, only to discover that The Force Awakens director had got there first. It turns out that Abrams and King had become friends during the Lost Era and King asked Abrams personally if he’d like to be involved in bringing the novel to television.
The story continues that Franco landed the role in Abrams production after he wrote an article for Vice, and after Abrams read it, offered Franco the lead role.
11.22.63 premieres on February 15, 2016, exclusively on Hulu and co-stars Daniel Webber, Sarah Gadon, Josh Duhamel, Cherry Jones, among others.Source: Deadline