Hulu announced this morning that they have ordered a nine-hour serial adaptation of Stephen King’s 2011 novel 11/22/63 in collaboration with J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot Productions and Warner Bros. Television.
The novel, which tells the story of an English teacher who travels back in time in an attempt to thwart the JFK assassination, was previously set to be adapted for the big screen before that was scrapped and negotiations began with Warner Bros. and Bad Robot for an episodic production. Abrams, King, Bryan Burk, and Bridget Carpenter (Friday Night Lights, Parenthood, Dead Like Me) are now set to executive produce, with Carpenter also serving as writer.
Despite already featuring a number of original series, Hulu has yet to have a true breakout success along the lines of Netflix’s House of Cards and Orange is the New Black. This high-end collaboration may prove a solid step towards upping their game in the competition with Netflix and other streaming services with original content such as YouTube and Amazon.
11/22/63 is set to be a stand-alone story based on the novel with the possibility of continuing future seasons in a similar format if the show performs well.
No word yet on a premiere date or whether it will be available exclusively on Hulu Plus or to the general public.