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J.J. Abrams in talks to adapt Stephen King time-travel novel
by James Hibberd
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Another Stephen King bestseller could be headed to TV.
The authorís time-travel novel 11/22/63 may become a TV series with J.J. Abrams as an executive producer, sources confirm. Abramsí Bad Robot production company and Warner Bros. TV are in talks to adapt the authorís 2011 novel, about a teacher who travels back in time and tries to prevent the assassination of John F. Kennedy.
The novelís tale seems like itís more suitable for a film or mini-series than an open-ended show, but time-travel TV concepts have certainly managed to find success previously. In the book, the protagonist travels back to five years before Kennedyís murder, so thereís a lengthy period detailing his adjustment to life in the past and stalking Kennedyís assassin Lee Harvey Oswald before the story gets to November, 1963.
This summer, another King tale that initially seemed more suitable for a movie or miniseries, Under the Dome, makes its series debut on CBS.