Last year it was announced that director Jonathan Demme (The Silence of the Lambs, The Manchurian Candidate) would be writing, producing and directing a film adaptation of Stephen King’s mammoth 900 page novel, 11/22/63. It was very exciting news indeed, but sadly after a year of working on the script, Demme and King could not see eye to eye on what they wanted from the film.
Firstly, here is the synopsis for the book from Amazon:
WHAT IF you could go back in time and change the course of history? WHAT IF the watershed moment you could change was the JFK assassination? 11.22.63, the date that Kennedy was shot – unless . . .
King takes his protagonist Jake Epping, a high school English teacher from Lisbon Falls, Maine, 2011, on a fascinating journey back to 1958 – from a world of mobile phones and iPods to a new world of Elvis and JFK, of Plymouth Fury cars and Lindy Hopping, of a troubled loner named Lee Harvey Oswald and a beautiful high school librarian named Sadie Dunhill, who becomes the love of Jake’s life – a life that transgresses all the normal rules of time.
With extraordinary imaginative power, King weaves the social, political and popular culture of his baby-boom American generation into a devastating exercise in escalating suspense.
Now, this will hopefully someday make a brilliant film but sadly Demme will not be the man in charge. When speaking to The Playlist, Demme have his reasons for leaving the project:
“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.”
He did state that he hopes the film can move forward, so we will just have to play the waiting game now and hope someone comes onboard to continue trying to get this film made.
(Source: The Playlist, Amazon)
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