J.J. Abrams’ admiration of Stephen King is palpable.
As he sat in front of a room of assembled journalists at the Television Critics Assn. press tour in Pasadena to discuss Hulu’s upcoming limited-series thriller “11.22.63,” based on the hugely popular King novel of the same name, Abrams shared a story of meeting the fabled author while working on “Lost.”
“I was lucky enough to go with Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse to Maine, where my wife is from, to sit with Stephen and go to a horror movie with him afterward,” Abrams said, going on to detail the encounter and their viewing of “The Descent.” “Every time someone died horribly on screen, he would cheer, and I just fell in love with him.”
According to Abrams, King agrees with them.
“I was unsure he was going to embrace some of these significant adjustments, but they were necessary and he saw that,” Abrams said.
Beyond matters of adaptation, Carpenter has been fixated throughout the process on ensuring an accurate representation of the entire era surrounding the Kennedy assassination.
“That era of Kennedy, was probably up until that time, the most photographed presidency. We’re talking about the most beautiful couple that ever walked into the White House,” Carpenter explained, going on to say, “You don’t need to know much about Kennedy or the events to know those images. As American people, they’re emblazoned on us.”
The cast was awed by their time in Dallas.
James Franco, who plays time traveler Jake Epping, said the process was like revisiting the past, but also doing something new.
Co-stars Daniel Webber and T.R. Knight had similar things to say about the process.
“There was such an excitement going in there and attempting to recreate the film and the images,” Webber said.
Knight said the time spent in Dallas was “like going to a wake,” adding that “your skin feels different.”
Hulu’s “11.22.63” airs the first of its eight episodes Feb. 15.
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