Stephen King's '11/22/63' becoming Hulu original series

Stephen King's JFK assassination thriller '11/22/63' will become an event series on Hulu

Stephen King's JFK assassination and time travel thriller "11/22/63" is getting the event series treatment on Hulu.

The hefty novel (849 pages in hardcover) will become a nine-hour series on the online streaming TV service with J.J. Abrams and King himself serving as executive producers. Bridget Carpenter, who has previously written for "Friday Night Lights," "Parenthood" and "The Red Road" will write the adaptation.

King's novel follows Maine high school teacher Jake Epping, who discovers a way to travel backward in time. And what better way to begin to right the wrongs of the past than trying to stop the assassination of JFK? As he discovers, Lee Harvey Oswald isn't going to go quietly.

The series will be a collaboration between Hulu and Warner Bros. TV, which will handle distribution of the series overseas.

Both Abrams and Carpenter are admitted fans of King. And in a statement, King said, "If I ever wrote a book that cries out for long-form, event TV programming, '11/22/63' is it."

Last summer, CBS aired an event series based on King's novel "Under the Dome." That was successful enough to garner a second season. And surely "11/22/63" will follow the same model.

This is the latest of a number of King projects on the air. Another series, "Haven," which is very loosely based on King's novel "The Colorado Kid," continues to air on Syfy. And the TV movie "Big Driver," based on King's novella, will air on Lifetime in October.

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