Ahoy, squirts! Quint here. Stephen King news is always exciting to me. I've been a Constant Reader since I was in grade school (no kidding, I read Cujo at age 10) and despite some shaky entries to his catalogue these last few years, I still get excited when a massive King book is on its way.
Next up for King is a tale about a high school teacher given the opportunity to go back in time and thwart the JFK assassination. It's called 11/22/63, looks like a brick of a book (reports are that it runs around a thousand pages). I can't wait to read it as some of my favorite King writing centers around alternate timelines (Drawing of the Three and The Wastelands anyone?).
ShowBlitz/Variety's Jeff Sneider reports that preempting the release of the book comes news of an option from a man who directed one of the best horror movies of all time. Silence of the Lambs' Jonathan Demme is set to write, produce and direct 11/22/63 with King serving as exec producer.
No financing or distribution is in place, but Sneider says Demme wants to be shooting by Fall of 2012. If the book sales are strong enough and the reviews are strong enough (and the budget isn't astronomical) I can't imagine the studios will have much trouble with that duo bringing it to the screen.