Film: Jonathan Demme to Adapt Stephen King’s 11/22/63

Stephen King

This is the type of power move I want to make one day.

Remember when I told you about Stephen King‘s upcoming novel 11/22/63? Of course you do. Well, even though the presumed doorstopper hasn’t even been released yet, it’s already found a filmmaker to adapt it for the big screen.

According to DHD, Jonathan Demme, aka the Oscar-winning director of The Silence of the Lambs, picked up rights to 11/22/63. It’s said he’s going to write, produce, and direct the adaptation. The story revolves around a teacher who travels back in time in an attempt to stop John F. Kennedy’s assassination.

King’s new book […] and movie deal is just the latest for the horror-thriller icon, who in the 1980s and ’90s saw pretty much everything he wrote turn into a movie. Now, he’s really back in the Hollywood spotlight: Of course there’s the author’s seminal seven-book The Dark Tower, which Universal was flirting with adapting into three features and two limited-run TV series; he studio recently nixed the deal that had Ron Howard directing and Akiva Goldsman writing, and the project remains in limbo. Also, David Yates and Steve Kloves are circling and adaptation of King’s The Stand, and Warner Bros is developing It, about a terrifying clown, which was turned into a 1990 TV movie.

Stephen King is making racks on racks on racks. Damn, son. Lemme hurrup and finish a few novels real quick.

11/22/63 is in bookstores comes out in November.

Of additional interest, DHD also says A&E greenlit a four-part miniseries based on King’s Bag of Bones and starring Pierce Brosnan and Kelly Rowland. Wow, really? Kelly Rowland? That’s what’s up. I’m assuming she plays Sara Tidwell. Hmmm. I’ll be looking forward to that.


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