Dispute over storyline may doom King's 11/22/63 time-travel pic

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Jan 14, 2013, 2:52 PM EST

It looks like time travel might not even be enough to save the big-screen adaptation of Stephen King's acclaimed sci-fi novel 11/22/63.

Released in 2011, the novel chronicling an everyman's mission through time to prevent the assassination of JFK has been lauded as the best and most intricate King book in decades—and that could be the reason it never makes it in front of a camera.

Writer and director Jonathan Demme has spent the past several months working on the outline for the film, but he told The Playlist he's dropped out because he couldn't see eye to eye with King on what to keep and what to cut.

Clocking in at nearly 900 pages, 11/22/63 is a heck of a read, and includes way too much plot to cram into a two-hour movie. Apparently Demme says no one could decide which content was the most important:

"This is a big book, with lots in it. And I loved certain parts of the book for the film more than Stephen did. We're friends, and I had a lot of fun working on the script, but we were too apart on what we felt should be in and what should be out of the script. I had an option and I let it go. But I hope it's moving forward, I really want to see that movie." 
There's always the chance the studio could bring someone else in to work on this one, but it can be hard to regain that momentum once a film falls off track behind the scenes.

What do you think? Could 11/22/63 work on the big screen?

(Via The Playlist)