Stephen King’s novel “11/22/63” is being adapted as a TV miniseries by Hulu.
According to the Los Angeles Times, a nine-hour series based on King’s book, which was first released in 2011, will be released by “Star Wars” director J.J. Abrams’s production company and will air on the streaming service. “Parenthood” writer Bridget Carpenter will adapt the novel for the screen.
“If I ever wrote a book that cries out for long-form, event TV programming, ‘11/22/63’ is it,” King said in a statement, according to the Los Angeles Times.
“11/22/63” centers on a high school teacher who travels back in time in an attempt to stop the Kennedy assassination.
“J.J. Abrams and Stephen King are two of the most celebrated storytellers of our time, and we are excited to be working with them and Warner Bros. Television to bring this unique take on one of the most seminal historic events of the 20th century to Hulu," Hulu head of content and senior vp Craig Erwich said in a statement, according to the Hollywood Reporter. "11/22/63 already resonated with audiences as a best-selling novel, and we are looking forward to bringing the riveting story to the screen.”
“I’ve been a fan of Stephen King since I was in junior high school,” Abrams said in a statement, according to the Hollywood Reporter. “The chance to work with him at all, let alone on a story so compelling, emotional and imaginative, is a dream. We are thrilled to be working with Hulu on this very special project.”
In his review of “11/22/63,” Monitor writer Erik Spanberg called the novel “a piece of time-traveling historical fiction that makes the what-if game intensely personal and terrifyingly broad all at once…. [it’s a] classic King tale: an ordinary man engulfed in the most extraordinary of circumstances… King, a 64-year-old Baby Boomer, has a ‘Mad Men’-style ball satirizing the past…. [there’s] a finale that makes 11/22/63 a date well worth keeping.”