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Jonathan Demme to write, direct, and produce adaptation of Stephen King’s “11/22/63”

Jonathan Demme to write, direct, and produce adaptation of Stephen King’s “11/22/63” (photo)

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Yesterday we got word that the “Harry Potter” duo of David Yates and Steve Kloves were reuniting for a series of films based on Stephen King’s novel The Stand, and now we have news of yet another work from the horror novelist getting the big-screen treatment.

According to Variety, Oscar-winning director Jonathan Demme has picked up the rights to write, direct, and produce an adaptation of King’s upcoming science-fiction thriller 11/22/63. The story follows a high-school English teacher in Maine (of course) who travels back in time to prevent the assassination of former U.S. President John F. Kennedy.

Demme plans to start shooting the film in 2012, though the film has yet to find a distributor.

The accomplished filmmaker is no stranger to adaptations, having previously translated Richard Condon’s The Manchurian Candidate and Toni Morrison’s Beloved to the big screen. He’s probably best known for directing The Silence of the Lambs in 1991, which was based on a novel by Thomas Harris and earned him the Academy Award.

Since then, Demme has directed a pair of Neil Young documentaries and an indie film titled Rachel Getting Married, among other projects.

The novel 11/22/63 is scheduled for release November 8, so we’ll all be able to check it out well before filming gets underway.

What do you think about Jonathan Demme directing a Stephen King sci-fi novel? What about the plot to “11/22/63”? Chime in below or on Facebook or Twitter.

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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