Remember that time Joss Whedon made a black & white Shakespeare feature film adaptation while he was busy shooting The Avengers? Well, allow JJ Abrams to show you his bit of onemanupship: Despite the fact that he’s currently busy with one of the biggest and most highly anticipated sci-fi films of all time, he still found the time to collaborate with James Franco and Hulu on an upcoming 8-episode TV series adaptation of Stephen King’s 11.22.63.
The series sees Franco as a high school English teacher who gets given the opportunity to time travel back to the early 1960’s in order to change history by stopping the assassination of US President John F. Kennedy, “only to find his mission is threatened by Lee Harvey Oswald, falling in love, and a past that doesn’t want to be changed.”
I’ve never read King’s original novel, but I’ve heard nothing but great things about it. The first teaser trailer has now dropped, and while it doesn’t offer too much footage, it does offer a solidly intriguing tease for what’s to come.
Abrams will be exec producing through his Bad Robot production company while Bridget Carpenter will also be co-exec producing as well as serving as writer for the series. To add some even more star power to the mix, the limited series’ first two episodes will be helmed by Oscar-winning director Kevin MacDonald (The Last King of Scotland, Black Sea).
Along with the trailer, we also have a bunch of new pics (courtesy of ScreenCrush) for the series which gives a further look at the cast.
11.22.63 also stars Chris Cooper, Josh Duhamel, T.R. Knight, Cherry Jones, Sarah Gadon, Lucy Fry, George MacKay, and Daniel Webber, and premieres on Hulu on February 15, 2016.
Last Updated: November 23, 2015