Stephen King’s 11/22/63 Optioned by Bad Robot for Cable TV Series

     April 26, 2013

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With Stephen King’s Under the Dome set for its series debut on CBS this summer, the acclaimed author may be setting his sights on another TV show.  J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot is vying for the TV rights to King’s time-traveling John F. Kennedy assassination novel, 11/22/63.  An adaptation of the book was previously attempted for a feature film, but there were creative disagreements over how to handle the unwieldy tome.  It looks like 11/22/63 may be bound for cable as a Warner Bros.-backed TV series instead of a full-length feature.  Hit the jump for more.

Deadline reports that Bad Robot is in negotiations for the rights to the King novel with an eye toward producing a cable TV series or mini-series.  Still no word on what the hell is going on with The Dark Tower.

stephen-king-11-22-63-book-coverHere’s the book description for 11/22/63: A Novel (via Amazon):

Dallas, 11/22/63: Three shots ring out.

President John F. Kennedy is dead.

Life can turn on a dime—or stumble into the extraordinary, as it does for Jake Epping, a high school English teacher in a Maine town. While grading essays by his GED students, Jake reads a gruesome, enthralling piece penned by janitor Harry Dunning: fifty years ago, Harry somehow survived his father’s sledgehammer slaughter of his entire family. Jake is blown away . . . but an even more bizarre secret comes to light when Jake’s friend Al, owner of the local diner, enlists Jake to take over the mission that has become his obsession—to prevent the Kennedy assassination. How? By stepping through a portal in the diner’s storeroom, and into the era of Ike and Elvis, of big American cars, sock hops, and cigarette smoke. . . . Finding himself in warmhearted Jodie, Texas, Jake begins a new life. But all turns in the road lead to a troubled loner named Lee Harvey Oswald. The course of history is about to be rewritten . . . and become heart-stoppingly suspenseful.

In Stephen King’s “most ambitious and accomplished” (NPR) novel, time travel has never been so believable. Or so terrifying.

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