Stephen King's 11/22/63 to be Directed by Jonathan Demme
Silence of the Lambs director Jonathan Demme has optioned the rights to Stephen King's new novel 11/22/63. If that date sounds familiar it's because that is the day the president John F. Kennedy was assassinated. Demme will direct, write and produce the film adaptation that centers on an English teacher who goes through a time portal in an effort to stop the Kennedy assassination. He finds himself dealing with luminaries ranging from Elvis to JFK and meets a high school librarian that becomes the love of his life.
I love it! The book doesn't hit stores until November, but it sounds like another great story from King. I freakin' love reading King's novels, and and I can't wait to read this 1000+ page novel.
Demme is a great director that has also worked on films such as Philadelphia, Married to the Mob and The Manchrian Candidate. 11/22/63 sounds like a great project for the director. What do you all think about Demme taking on this new Stephen King adaptation of 11/22/63?
The book's plot is officially described on King's website, and here's the rundown:
On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed.
If you had the chance to change history, would you? Would the consequences be worth it?
Jake Epping is a thirty-five-year-old high school English teacher in Lisbon Falls, Maine, who makes extra money teaching adults in the GED program. He receives an essay from one of the students—a gruesome, harrowing first person story about the night 50 years ago when Harry Dunning’s father came home and killed his mother, his sister, and his brother with a hammer. Harry escaped with a smashed leg, as evidenced by his crooked walk.
Not much later, Jake’s friend Al, who runs the local diner, divulges a secret: his storeroom is a portal to 1958. He enlists Jake on an insane—and insanely possible—mission to try to prevent the Kennedy assassination. So begins Jake’s new life as George Amberson and his new world of Elvis and JFK, of big American cars and sock hops, of a troubled loner named Lee Harvey Oswald and a beautiful high school librarian named Sadie Dunhill, who becomes the love of Jake’s life—a life that transgresses all the normal rules of time.