After more than a year in development, Jonathan Demme has exited the film adaptation of Stephen King’s JFK assassination fantasy 11/22/63, due to pressures from certain factions of the military-industrial complex, working in consort with members of organized crime. Or rather, like the book itself, there is a much simpler, more straightforward explanation that you can choose to believe, like a sheep: Demme tells The Playlist that he and King simply couldn’t agree on what story threads in the massive novel deserved the most attention, saying, “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.”
Presumably Demme was more interested in telling, say, the story of a guy who uses a mysterious time travel wormhole to investigate and stop the Kennedy assassination, while all of King’s notes simply read, “MORE LINDY HOP SCENES.” Anyway, Demme has now let his option lapse, meaning it’s back on the increasingly short list of Stephen King works still available to adapt, in case anyone feels like getting too close to the not-at-all-controversial Truth.
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