The project's title suggests a late-November release, but 11/22/63, Hulu’s adaptation of the best-selling Stephen King novel, will premiere in February. The title of course refers to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy; the book is a time-traveling story about attempting to reverse the course of history.
Showrunner Bridget Carpenter, formerly of Friday Night Lights and Parenthood, says she devoured the 849-page “doorstop of a book” a few years back. When J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot crew approached her about adapting it to television, she was ready. “I said, I know exactly what I’ll do,” Carpenter says. “I had massive enthusiasm and passion for the project.”
The miniseries stars James Franco. Shooting wrapped in October; Carpenter says they probably could have scrambled to have the series ready for late November, but chose to take their time polishing it. Yet viewers may catch a glimpse on a certain historic date in the coming weeks. “I’m pretty sure a teaser-trailer will drop,” says Carpenter. “Something will happen.”
Michael Malone, senior content producer at B+C/Multichannel News, covers network programming, including entertainment, news and sports on broadcast, cable and streaming; and local broadcast television. He hosts the podcasts Busted Pilot, about what’s new in television, and Series Business, a chat with the creator of a new program, and writes the column “The Watchman.” He joined B+C in 2005. His journalism has also appeared in The New York Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Playboy and New York magazine.
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