Jonathan Demme Options Stephen King’s Sci-Fi JFK Novel

Back in time, and to the left. Back in time, and to the left...

William Bibbianiby William Bibbiani

Silence of the Lambs director Jonathan Demme really loves assassinations. Seven years after his (largely forgotten) 2004 remake of The Manchurian Candidate, the Oscar-winning director has optioned the rights to 11/22/63, Stephen King's upcoming novel about a man who travels back in time to prevent the John F. Kennedy assassination. Because that's what you do if you can go back in time: you kill Hitler, prevent the JFK assassination and just try not to sleep with your Mom.

Hollywood Reporter reports that Demme will not only direct but also produce and write the adaptation of 11/22/63, which is currently scheduled to hit bookstores on 11/8/11, and that Stephen King will executive produce. But more importantly, the project hasn't yet been attached to a production company or received any financing whatsoever, so this is simply the first step in the development process. Will 11/22/63 hit the fast track like The Stand or sink down into development hell like The Dark Tower?

CRAVE Online will be back with more 11/22/63 news, but it's 4/20 time right now so don't hold your breath.