We’ve seen more than just a few Stephen King adaptations in film and television over the past few years, with many of them being praised as some of the best films of all time, including The Shining, The Shawshank Redemption, Stand by Me, and more. However, next year is gearing up to give us what might be one of the most fascinating King adaptations of the past few years with the new James Franco-led Hulu limited series, 11/22/63.
The series, which is based off a novel of the same name, follows a High School English teacher (Franco), who is sent back to in time to try and stop the assassination of President John F. Kennedy at the hands of Lee Harvey Oswald. The story lies more on the action/thriller side of King’s work, and deals with popular subjects like time travel and love. While I heard many people react somewhat coldly to Franco’s casting a few months ago, it looks like he might be giving one of his more-serious turns of the past few years, and hopefully the series will be able to live up to its source material’s greatness.
The first official teaser trailer for 11/22/63 has been revealed online recently too, and gives fans their first look at some all new footage. Check it out below:
Here’s the show’s official synopsis:
“Hulu Original series 11.22.63 is a thriller in which high school English teacher Jake Epping (James Franco) travels back in time to prevent the assassination of President John F. Kennedy — but his mission is threatened by Lee Harvey Oswald, falling in love and the past itself, which doesn’t want to be changed. Also starring Chris Cooper, Josh Duhamel, T.R. Knight, Cherry Jones, Sarah Gadon, Lucy Fry, George MacKay and Daniel Webber.”
Coming from producer J.J. Abrams too, the series definitely looks to have that interesting King-esque tone that has made so many readers throughout the years fall in love with his work, but we don’t really see all that much from Franco other than an obvious expression of confusion, and some intriguing shots of the story’s overall mystery. The period look and production design looks on point throughout though, and while the teaser itself only offers about 20 seconds of real footage, the tone is fairly evident from the first few moments.
Made up of eight total episodes, the series will hopefully be able to stretch King’s story out enough to make it feel just as enthralling and gripping as the original novel, without ever dragging or feeling tedious like some previous TV adaptations have felt. Director Kevin Macdonald looks like he’s starting the series off with some steady hands, and after his work on films like The Last King of Scotland and Black Sea, he should be able to provide a solid starting point for the other episodes. We still don’t quite know what to expect from 11/22/63 right now, but this trailer seems intriguing and the premise is promising enough that if done well, this could be one of the best series’ of 2016.
11/22/63 will premiere on Hulu on Presidents Day, February 15th, 2016.
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