Last week, Twitter was all abuzz thanks to that ridiculous New York Times Magazine story “would you go back in time and kill baby Hitler”? Ok, well how about this: would you go back in time to save JFK? In the upcoming Hulu series 11/22/63, James Franco stars as an English teacher, Jake Epping, who travels back in time to save the President. But of course, there are plenty of complications (and romances) that will potentially mar his ability to change the past.
But Stephen King’s time-travel story isn’t about Earth-2 or singularities or portals that bring giant sharks to our world — apparently it’s more focused on the realities of the era rather than the sci-fi elements of zipping through time.
The series’ executive producer Bridget Carpenter (Friday Night Lights) spoke to EW about the challenges of making the movie, explaining how the production combed the archives of the Sixth Floor Museum in Dallas, and read all of Lee Harvey Oswald’s diaries and letters (Oswald, of course, plays a big role in the series). Also, the series will have a big focus on nostalgia, with an emphasis on 60s fashions (Mad Men meets the Flash?)
Of course, as this is a Stephen King story, messing around with time isn’t going to be easy, which is where the “heroic thriller” part of the story all comes in to play. And Carpenter teased one of the most major challenges Franco’s character will face when trying to change the past: “the past pushes back when you try.”
11/22/63 premieres February 15th on Hulu.