Hulu announced today a direct-to-series order for 11/22/63, a nine-hour event series based on Stephen King’s 2011 bestseller of the same name. The series will come from J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot Productions, with Stephen King, Bridget Carpenter (The Red Road, Parenthood, Friday Night Lights), who is also writing the teleplay, and Bryan Burk also serving as executive producers.
In a release for the series, Stephen King said: “If I ever wrote a book that cries out for long-form, event TV programming, 11/22/63 is it. I’m excited that it’s going to happen, and am looking forward to working with J.J. Abrams and the whole Bad Robot team.”
J.J. Abrams added, “I’ve been a fan of Stephen King since I was in junior high school. The chance to work with him at all, let alone on a story so compelling, emotional and imaginative, is a dream. We are thrilled to be working with Hulu on this very special project.”
11/22/63 is a thriller in which high-school English teacher Jake Epping travels back in time to prevent the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. But his mission is thwarted by Lee Harvey Oswald, his falling in love and the past itself, which doesn’t want to be changed.
Hulu will be the home for the series in the United States, with Warner Bros. Worldwide Television Distribution offering it globally.