THR is reporting that James Franco is set to star in and produce 11/22/63, a TV series based on Stephen Kings time travel novel. The story see’s English teacher Jake Epping (Franco) go back in time in an attempt to stop the assassination of JFK.
The Oscar nominee has been tapped to star in Hulu’s straight-to-series J.J. Abrams-Stephen King mini 11/22/63, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
Based on King’s best-seller, 11/22/63 is described as 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 threatened by Lee Harvey Oswald, his falling in love and the past itself … which doesn’t want to be changed.
Franco, making his largest TV commitment following Freaks and Geeks and General Hospital, will produce and star as Epping in the nine-hour miniseries. The character is a 10th grade high school teacher who leads an average life — until he travels into the past to manipulate history.
Bridget Carpenter (Friday Night Lights, Parenthood, The Red Road) will pen the script and exec produce the drama alongside King and Bad Robot’s Bryan Burk. Bad Robot’s Kathy Lingg will co-exec produce and Athena Wickham will produce. The drama hails from Warner Bros. Television, where Abrams’ Bad Robot is under an overall deal. 11/22/63 marks the first collaboration for Abrams with Hulu, which will be the stateside home for the series. Warner Bros. Worldwide Television Distribution will distribute the series globally.
A premiere date for 11/22/63 has not yet been determined.