Stephen King and Jonathan Demme Couldn’t See Eye To Eye On ’11/22/63′ Adaptation

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High profile writer/director Jonathan Demme (The Silence of the Lambs) tells The Playlist that he is no longer working on a big screen adaptation of Stephen King’s 11/22/63. “That’s off the table,” he shared about the film that he was first attached to in 2011.

To be certain, it’s an ambitious undertaking, with the nearly 900-page book centering on Jake Epping, who travels back in time from the present to try to stop the assassination of JFK, by going to 1958 and starting a new life that will, he hopes, allow him to change the course of history. But of course, that is just one thread in a dense novel, and over the summer Demme told the site, “There’s a dozen movies in ’11/22/63.’ We’re finding the one that we think is kind of the best of all.” But it seems the director and the author ultimately couldn’t see eye to eye.

This is a big book, with lots in it. And I loved certain parts of the book for the film more than Stephen did. We’re friends, and I had a lot of fun working on the script, but we were too apart on what we felt should be in and what should be out of the script,” Demme said, before confirming he was off the project. “I had an option and I let it go. But I hope it’s moving forward, I really want to see that movie.

 
  • GhettoWerewolf

    This kinda surprised me, considering King usually stays out of the process of most of the films based on his work altogether. He’s stated before that he thinks the filmaker should have the freedom to make the movie they want, much like he has the freedom to write the story he wants.

  • mtquaranta

    I’m about half way through this book. It is INCREDIBLE! One of the best books I’ve ever read. As I was reading the first half, I actually thought it would be perfect for Rob Zombie. There is a pretty graphic murder scene about a quarter of the way through that seems as if it came directly from one of his films.

  • Canucklehead

    The book is always better and this will be no exception