J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot Wants to Bring Stephen King’s ’11/22/63′ to the Small Screen
Ever the busy producer, J.J. Abrams not only has ‘Star Trek,’ ‘Star Wars‘ and ‘Revolution‘ on his plate, his company Bad Robot is looking to get the rights to Stephen King’s ’11/22/63′ and bring it to the small screen.
Deadline is reporting that Bad Robot is currently in negotiations to get the rights to Stephen King’s ’11/22/63′ along with Warner Brothers TV, with the idea of setting the book up as a cable series. Here’s a synopsis of the novel:
Jacob “Jake” Epping is a divorced high school English teacher in Lisbon Falls, Maine, whose friend Al shows Jake a time portal located in the back of his diner’s pantry, which leads to September 9, 1958, at 11:58 a.m. Al has learned that it is possible to change history; however, an apparent “reset” on any subsequent trip to 1958 nullifies the change, unless it is made again.
After discovering he could change history, Al became obsessed with preventing the assassination of John F. Kennedy, assuming this would lead to a better world without the Vietnam War or the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr.. Al was forced to abort his plan in 1962 after developing terminal lung cancer due to his lifelong habit of smoking. He pleads with Jake to carry out his mission for him.
With CBS about to release ‘Under the Dome,’ and with ‘The Walking Dead‘ now showing violence and gore that might have gotten a movie an R rating, perhaps television is a better fit for some of King’s more sprawling efforts. And with one of the most powerful filmmakers working today behind it (even if only in a executive producer capacity) it seems likely this will be event television if it comes to pass.