Though The Dark Tower has fallen apart for now, Stephen King is still a hot property when it comes to filmmakers looking to mine his work for source material. The latest to go digging into his fiction is Jonathan Demme, who is planning to write, direct and produce an adaptation of King’s 11/22/63.
As you might have guessed from that title, the tome will find someone – in this case, 35-year-old high school English teacher Jake Epping – travelling back in time to try and prevent John F Kennedy’s assassination in Dallas.
King’s book doesn’t actually hit the shelves until this November, but Demme is still looking for financing anyway, and has a plan to kick off shooting later next year. First, though, he’ll track down a distributor.
Adapting a book is not exactly new territory for the director: he’s had success with the likes of The Manchurian Candidate, Beloved and, most notably, The Silence of the Lambs, which scored several Oscars, including Best Picture and a directing gong for Demme.
This latest news of a King adaption comes hot on the heels of Warner Bros.’ plans for The Stand, which is now gearing up with David Yates and Steve Kloves attached…