Jonathan Demme Options Stephen King’s Next Novel 11/22/63

Another day, another Stephen King story.

This time it is being reported that director Jonathan Demme has optioned the author’s upcoming novel 11/22/63 with the hopes of writing, directing and producing an adaption of the story.

Those of you who remember your basic American history, you will have no doubt identified the date as the day that President John F Kennedy was killed by an assassin’s bullet in Dallas, Texas. (Notice I didn’t name the assassin?)

Stephen King’s website gives us a quick synopsis of the novel (preorder here),which is due to be published in November –

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.

While I’m not much of a King fan, I have to admit that this does sound like it could be a fun story. We’ll find out if it is good fodder for a big screen treatment later this fall when the novel hits store shelves.

Via – The Hollywood Reporter.

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