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There seems to be no shortage of Stephen King novels in development for film and television. We have Under the Dome to look forward to on CBS in June, and the upcoming Carrie remake set to hit theaters in October. And there's always the Dark Tower project that may or may never happen, not to mention The Stand, which may also be a wait (but hopefully well worth waiting for). And the latest news related to King's imaginative works has to do with one of his more recent novels, 11/22/63. J.J. Abrams' Bad Robot is reportedly in negotiations for the rights to the 2011 novel, which would be adapted for a TV series.

11/22/63 centers on an English teacher who has the opportunity to go back in time to 1958 through a portal in the storeroom of a local diner. He sets out to change the course of history in an effort to prevent the Kennedy assassination. Deadline says the deal is being done through Warner Bros. TV, where Bad Robot is under a deal. There's no network attached at present, however it sounds like they're looking to turn the book into a series or mini-series for cable. This would be a shift for the project, which was headed toward the big screen as of last year, up until director Jonathan Demme stepped away from the project, reportedly due to disagreements with King over how to adapt it.

I haven't read the book yet, but 11/22/63 is queued up in my Kindle. I have it in line to be read after I get to NOS4A2, the upcoming new novel by Horns writer Joe Hill, who also happens to be Stephen King's son. With the intent to get to 11/22/63, I'm very excited to hear that there may be a series adaptation in the works.

As great as certain big screen adaptations of King's work have turned out to be - Shawshank Redemption, The Green Mile, Carrie, Stand By Me, to name a few - there's always a fair amount of abridgment and condensing done when adapting any novel, and King's books tend to be pretty long and thoroughly fleshed out due to King's efforts to fully develop his characters and let us understand who they are and why they do what they do. At a whopping 849 pages (hardcover), 11/22/63 sounds like another lengthy book, which may be better off having the benefit of a series or miniseries to really delve into the story. And with Bad Robot attached, there's that going for it as well. So we'll have to wait and see what updates transpire on this, but it sounds like the project is in the early stages, as the rights technically haven't been fully secured yet. That gives those of us who haven't gotten to it time to check out the book.