Yup. Nine hours. Hulu has ordered a straight to series adaptation of 11/22/63. Helmed by J.J. Abrams' Bad Robot Productions and penned by Bridget Carpenter (Friday Night Lights) the series will be based on the Stephen King book about a time traveler who tries to prevent the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.
Coming in at nearly 800 pages, the book explores the many intricacies of time travel, possible consequences of altering history and delves deeply into the mystery of Lee Harvey Oswald and the events leading up to that fateful day in 1963. While this is a lot to tackle in one book, King manages to keep the story intriguing and easy to follow. Well, as easy as it is to follow a guy, Jake Eppping, who can time travel via a portal in diner. The past doesn't want to be changed, Epping may be falling in love with a woman who lives in the 60's and Oswald doesn't necessarily cooperate as Epping had hoped he would. So, while nine hours may seem a wee bit long, the amount of detail and possibilities brought up in the novel certainly demand this amount of time.
Truly, anyone who comes from the writing staff of Friday Night Lights ( one of the best television shows you probably didn't watch) is more than capable of maintaing the integrity of the novel, telling a brilliant story and managing to keep all of it sensical.
Craig Erwich, senior vp and head of content at Hulu, has stated, "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. 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.”
King declared,“If I ever wrote a book that cries out for longform, event TV programming, 11/22/63 is it. I’m excited that it’s going to happen, and am looking forward to working with J.J. Abrams and the whole Bad Robot team.”
Abrams joined the love fest by saying, “I’ve been a fan of Stephen King since I was in junior high school. 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.”
As a fan of all of the parties involved in this venture, I am incredibly excited, optimistic and looking forward to this series. Are you?