Hulu has landed prolific producer JJ Abrams’ next project.
The streaming service has handed a 9 episode straight-to-series order to 11/22/63, an “event series” adaptation of the Stephen King novel of the same name which hails from the Star Wars helmer, Bad Robot Productions and Warner Bros. Television, TVWise has learned.
11/22/63 tells the story of Jake Epping, a high school English teacher who travels back in time to prevent the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in Dallas, Texas. But his mission is threatened by Lee Harvey Oswald, his falling in love and the past itself – which doesn’t want to be changed.
The drama project – which marks the first direct collaboration between Hulu and Warner Bros. Television – is being penned by Bridget Carpenter, who serves as an executive producer alongside J.J. Abrams, Stephen King and Bryan Burk. Bad Robot Productions’ Kathy Lingg will co-executive produce and Athena Wickham is the producer.
“J.J. Abrams and Stephen King are two of the most celebrated storytellers of our time, and we are excited to be working with them and Warner Bros. Television to bring this unique take on one of the most seminal historic events of the twentieth century to Hulu”, said Craig Erwich, Hulu’s Senior Vice President and Head of Content. “11/22/63 already resonated with audiences as a best-selling novel, and we are looking forward to bringing the riveting story to the screen.”
Despite being on of three major streaming services in the United States, Hulu does not have the international reach of competitors Netflix and Amazon. As such, the series order only give Hulu domestic US rights to 11/22/63 and Warner Bros’ global sales division Warner Bros. International Television Distribution will be shopping the series to international broadcasters.
“If I ever wrote a book that cries out for long-form, event TV programming, 11/22/63 is it”, said original author and executive producer Stephen King. “I’m excited that it’s going to happen, and am looking forward to working with J.J. Abrams and the whole Bad Robot team.”
“I’ve been a fan of Stephen King since I was in junior high school”, commented J.J. Abrams “The chance to work with him at all, let alone on a story so compelling, emotional and imaginative, is a dream. We are thrilled to be working with Hulu on this very special project.”
While series scribe and executive producer Bridget Carpenter added: “Stephen King is one of my literary heroes. Creating this miniseries from his extraordinary book is a dream come true. My dad, a lifelong Stephen King fanatic, still cannot believe it.”