J.J. Abrams’ company Bad Robot wants to turn Stephen King‘s best selling novel 11/22/63 into a time travel TV show. Said novel tells the story of teacher who goes back in time with the intention of preventing Lee Harvey Oswald from killing JFK.
Deadline reports that Abrams is in negotiations to get the rights to the 2011 novel. Once the deal goes through (and it’s expected to), Bad Robot would be teaming up with Warner Bros. TV for the project.
While the novel does chronicle the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, the real focus is on Jake, the English teacher and divorcee, who stumbles upon a portal back to 1958. The books shows us how he starts living his life in the 60′s, feeling more welcomed in that era than his own. Jonathan Demme was supposed make a film of the book, but due to some creative differences, the project fell through. Abrams wants to turn the novel into either a series or mini-series for cable TV. This will differ from other Bad Robot shows like Revolution, which airs on NBC, and Person of Interest, which is set up at CBS.
This seems like a good deal for both parties. And we like that the show will have that edge of being on cable TV.
Here’s an in-depth synopses of the book:
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.
What do you think of this collaboration?