Warner Bros. Television, J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot, Bridget Carpenter and Hulu are teaming up to produce a nine hour event series adaptation of Stephen King’s 2011 novel 11/22/63, airing exclusively on Hulu. The series will star Academy Award nominee James Franco.
Described as “part thriller, part love story,” 11/22/63 will star Franco, also a producer on the project, as Jake Epping, a high school English teacher who goes back in time to try to prevent the assassination of John F. Kennedy. However, once Epping arrives and runs up against Lee Harvey Oswald, he realizes that the past might not actually want to be changed. A director for the project has not been announced.
It’s a clear sign that entertainment is in the midst of a shift at the moment, seeing A-list talent and major literary adaptations moving to digital formats as opposed to sticking with the traditional home for an event series like this. The partnership also marks a major milestone for Hulu and its original programming which, while offering dramas, comedies and documentaries, has yet to attract such major talent like King, Abrams, and Franco.
There is no word yet on when production will begin or when 11/22/63 will premiere. It’s also unclear if Hulu will release all nine hours at once following a Netflix model or if they will roll out each episode one week at a time like traditional television.
What do you think, fans? Are you looking forward to seeing an adaptation of a more recent piece of King’s work? How do you feel about the series coming to life on Hulu? Tell us your thoughts in the comments section!