Yesterday, Entertainment Weekly reported J.J. Abrams, creator of the television series “Lost” and “Alias,” along with blockbuster movies that include “Star Trek,” and the soon to be released, “Star Trek Into Darkness,” is looking to executive produce an adaptation of Stephen King’s book "11/22/63."
Abrams’ production company, Bad Robot and Warner Bros. TV are in talks to adapt King’s novel about a time traveling teacher who attempts to prevent the assassination of John F. Kennedy. The book, which clocks in at 880 pages, journeys five years prior to the assassination, allowing ample time for a mini-series to unfold.
Another of King’s novels, "Under the Dome," will be making it’s debut as a summer series on CBS. A good deal of filming for the series took place in Wilmington, NC.
J.J. Abrams has a massive to-do list. He’s currently doing publicity for “Star Trek Into Darkness,” which will be released May 17, 2013. Abrams has committed to direct “Star Wars: Episode VII.” He's said the “Star Wars” directing decision was easier to make than the “Star Trek” commitment as,
“The advantage here is that we still have George Lucas with us to go to and ask questions and get his feedback on things, which I certainly will do. With ‘Star Trek’ it was harder because I wasn’t a ‘Star Trek’ fan; I didn’t have the same emotional feeling, and I didn’t have Gene Roddenberry to go to. But I came to understand the world of ‘Star Trek,’ and I appreciated what fans felt and believed about this universe and this franchise.”
It remains to be seen how the J.J. Abrams – Stephen King connection plays out. One hopes it will be beneficial for both as well as for the readers and viewers.