Stephen King fans are in for a treat as today, Bad Robot announces a new drama series through Hulu based off Stephen King’s 2011 best selling novel, “11/22/63.” JJ Abrams is a huge fan of Stephen King’s work, and already has an order from Hulu for 9 episodes.
The book stayed on The New York Times Best Seller list for 16 weeks and won the 2011 Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Best Mystery/Thriller, the 2012 International Thriller Writers Award for Best Novel, and was nominated for the 2012 British Fantasy Award for Best Novel and the 2012 Locus Award for Best Science Fiction Novel.
“11/22/63” tells the story of Jake Epping, a divorced high school English teacher who lives in Maine. Jake uses a time portal in a local diner to try and stop the assassination of President Kennedy. The portal has rules, 1) no mater how long or how short your visit to the past, you only lose two minutes in the present when you return and 2) the portal ALWAYS takes you back to September 9, 1958, at precisely 11:58 a.m. This may sound like an easy fix but there are consequences to EVERYTHING you do when it comes to time travel and most of them are not so pleasant.
It’s easy to see King’s influence in Abrams and this should be an excellent pairing of talent. Stay tuned and we will share any casting and launch date announcements when they become available. Watch this interview with Stephen King as he discusses the book at length.