Digital studios are becoming more like Hollywood, and today’s latest original series announcement from digital distribution platform, Hulu, is a further testament. The company has made a direct-to-series order of “11/22/63,” from JJ Abrams’ production shingle Bad Robot Productions, in partnership with Warner Bros. Television.
An adaptation of Stephen King’s 2011 novel by the same name, the nine-hour “event series” marks one of the first big-budget projects ordered by Hulu’s recently appointed SVP and head of content, Craig Erwich, and the first collaboration between Hulu and WBTV.
A historical thriller, “11/22/63” recounts an English teacher’s attempt to prevent the assassination of President John
F. Kennedy by traveling back in time, only to be complicated by encounters with Lee Harvey Oswald and of course, romance — as well as a past that is unwanting of change.
“The Red Road” TV series scribe and “Friday Night Lights” producer Bridget Carpenter is also attached to the project as a writer and executive producer. The series is being produced by TV executive and Bad Robot Productions’ own Athena Wickham.
In a widely distributed statement, Craig Erwich said: “JJ Abrams and Stephen King are two of the most celebrated storytellers of our time, and we are excited to be working with them and Warner Bros. Television to bring this unique take on one of the most seminal historic events of the twentieth century to Hulu.”
J.J. Abrams is equally enthused about the project: “I’ve been a fan of Stephen King since I was in junior high school. The chance to work with him at all, let alone on a story so compelling, emotional and imaginative, is a dream. We are thrilled to be working with Hulu on this very special project.”
While a Hulu original in the US, Warner Bros. retains the rights to distribute “11/22/63” for international markets