James Franco will star in the 9-episode Hulu series adapted from Stephen King’s terrific 2011 thriller 11/22/63 from J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot productions. He’ll play Jake, an English teacher who discovers a time portal and uses it to travel back in time to try to stop the assassination of John F. Kennedy. Unfortunately, he discovers that the past has a knack for staying the way it is and that he might be making things worse than they already are.
Bridge Carpenter (Friday Night Lights) is writing the screenplay and will co-produce along with Franco. Hulu greenlit the project back in September after plans for a Jonathan Demme feature film fell through.