The ever-busy James Franco is adding a television series to his schedule, quite possibly proving that he’s in possession of Hermione Granger’s time-turner. Hulu and Warner Bros. Television announced today that Franco will star in and produce the upcoming original series 11/22/63, which is based on the book of the same name by Stephen King. And speaking of time, the story revolves around a high school English teacher who goes back in time to prevent the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. His mission is complicated by Lee Harvey Oswald, his falling in love, and the past itself not wanting to be changed.
The show is envisioned as a 9-hour event series, so Franco isn’t signing some multi-year contract or anything; he’s basically doing a miniseries. A feature film adaptation of 11/22/63 was initially developed with Jonathan Demme set to direct, but the material proved unwieldy for a two-hour movie.
11/22/63 is being produced by J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot Productions, with Bridget Carpenter (Friday Night Lights) onboard as executive producer and writer. Franco will next be seen on the big screen in the dramatic thriller True Story, which opens this spring. No timetable is given for when 11/22/63 will air just yet, but I imagine the earliest we’d see it would be 2016.