I flat out hated Rachel Getting Married, so Jonathan Demme’s not been on my good list for a little while, at least since his serviceable remake of The Manchurian Candidate. Still, the man did Silence of the Lambs. He gets a freebie once in a while. Demme has just optioned Stephen King’s upcoming novel 11/22/63, planning on writing, directing, and producing the film itself. The premise of this book actually sounds really solid. It’s about a man that, through a portal in a friend’s home, travels back into the past and tries to prevent the assassination of John F. Kennedy. The guy also falls in love in the past, so all I can think of is the “Roswell that Ends Well” episode of Futurama.
The premise of this novel certainly sounds like it could make a good movie, though the track record for Stephen King novels is notoriously spotty. Between this and yesterday’s announcement of an adaptation of The Stand, people are adapting Stephen King works like it’s the mid-eighties. Please, please, PLEASE let this mean a Henry Selick-helmed adaptation of The Talisman is right around the corner.[Via Collider]