“The past doesn’t want to be changed. When you’re close to changing something you feel it push back.”
President Kennedy’s life and subsequent assassination has been the topic of much discussion and debate. It will once again become the subject used in Hulu’s upcoming 8-part mini-series 11.22.63, based on Stephen King’s novel of the same name. The book and the show’s title is the day JFK was killed, November 22nd 1963.
I read the book a few months after it was published and was constantly telling people “I’ll call you back I’m almost done with this chapter” because I couldn’t stop reading it. Stephen King certainly has a way of describing the most gruesome situations and making them so titillating and page-turn-inducing you just can’t get enough. I definitely imagined the movie version of the book and I knew it was probably going to happen as many of King’s books have been adapted to the silver screen.
That wasn’t the case for 11.22.63 as Hulu acquired the rights and produced a mini-series instead. Executive produced by J.J. Abrams, the story starts with protagonist Jake Epping (played by James Franco) who, upon seeing his diner-owning friend Al age in the matter of days, discovers he can travel to the past through the back of the diner that sends him to the year 1960. Al explains you age once you go back to the future (I want to make a Marty McFly reference but I won’t.. or did I??) you continue to age, but once you come back to the present only a matter of minutes have passed resulting in the time traveler to look significantly older. Al wants Jake to travel to the past to stop the assassination of President Kennedy. Those are some high stakes Al!
I always watch trailers of TV shows or movies that were adapted from beloved books while wringing my fingers with worry because they often don’t translate well onto the screen. But I was happy to see that they made the trailer look almost exactly how I pictured it and I’m confident J.J Abrams and James Franco will do justice to Mr. King’s fine work. Now if you’ll excuse me I am going to spend the next few weeks asking my friends if I can please borrow their Hulu ID and password.
11.22.63 is scheduled to debut on Hulu on February 15th.