Jonathan Demme Leaves Stephen King Adaptation 11/22/63

     December 6, 2012

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Director Jonathan Demme has one less potential project on his desk.  A little over a year ago, Demme signed on to write, produce, and direct an adaptation of Stephen King’s sci-fi novel 11/22/63.  It was rather exciting news, as the story centers on a 35-year-old high school English teacher who travels back in time to prevent the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.  Well it appears that Demme and King didn’t exactly see eye to eye on how to adapt the project, as the director has now exited the project.  Hit the jump to find out why.

During an interview with The Playlist, Demme explained how he fell off the adaptation:

“This is a big book, with lots in it. And I loved certain parts of the book for the film more than Stephen did. We’re friends, and I had a lot of fun working on the script, but we were too apart on what we felt should be in and what should be out of the script.”

Demme added that he hopes the film still moves forward, and I have to agree that I’d like to see how the story plays out on the big screen.  For now, Demme is keeping plenty busy as he wrapped production this past summer on the My Dinner with Andre reunion Wally and Andre Shoot Ibsen and just signed on to helm the family dramedy Old Fires.  He has also been developing an animated adaptation of the Dave Eggers book Zeitoun.

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