Stephen King is having a good week: Not only is one of his classic novels going to be made into a new film trilogy, but the movie rights to his newest book just got sold as well.
Variety reported last night that the film rights to King's upcoming novel, 11/22/63, have been sold to Jonathan Demme, the Oscar-winning director of the legendary The Silence of the Lambs.
Demme will write and direct the adaptation of King's book, a mammoth 1,000-pager about a high school English teacher from Maine (where else?) named Jake Epping who travels back in time to prevent the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.
Although the project doesn't have a distributor yet, Demme hopes to start filming in the fall of 2012. The book itself hits shelves this Nov. 8.
This follows on the heels of the news that King's landmark 1978 post-apocalyptic novel The Stand is going to be adapted, probably as a trilogy, by Harry Potter screenwriter Steve Kloves and director David Yates.
Now let's just hope that 11/22/63 is a good book! Here's the official plot synopsis from Amazon:
On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? Stephen King's heart-stoppingly dramatic new novel is about a man who travels back in time to prevent the JFK assassination—a thousand page tour de force.
Following his massively successful novel Under the Dome, King sweeps readers back in time to another moment—a real life moment—when everything went wrong: the JFK assassination. And he introduces readers to a character who has the power to change the course of history.
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.
A tribute to a simpler era and a devastating exercise in escalating suspense, 11/22/63 is Stephen King at his epic best.