J.J. Abrams Eyes Stephen King’s ‘11/22/63’ For TV

Abrams’ Bad Robot is reportedly in talks to bring King’s time travel novel to television.

Blair Marnellby Blair Marnell

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This summer, the adaptation of Stephen King’s “Under The Dome” will premiere on CBS. But it may not be the only King novel heading for television.

Deadline is reporting that J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot has begun talks with King to bring his 2011 novel, “11/22/63” to TV as a miniseries or weekly series. The report also notes that Bad Robot is likely to seek out a cable network for this project.

In “11/22/63,” the story follows Jake Epping, an unassuming high school teacher who discovers a portal to the past that leads to 1958. Upon learning that it is possible to change history, Jake decides to remain in 1958 in an attempt to prevent Lee Harvey Oswald from assassinating President John F. Kennedy in 1963.

While the miniseries format may be the best choice for “11/22/63,” a weekly TV series could potentially focus on Jake’s adventures between 1958 and 1963 as he builds a life for himself, falls in love and attempts to keep tabs on Oswald before his attempt to kill Kennedy.

Presuming that “11/22/63” is successfully adapted for TV, it would be either the fifth television series based upon one of King’s novels or the eleventh miniseries adaptation. That’s not even counting the TV movies or feature film adaptations of King’s work!

If the deal goes forward, Bad Robot would presumably begin pitching  “11/22/63” to networks later this year.

Which network do you think that  “11/22/63” should end up on? And who would you cast as Jake? Let us know in the comment section below!