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J.J. Abrams to produce Stephen King's Kennedy assassination thriller

Star Trek and Star Wars director J.J. Abrams is bringing writer Stephen King's 11/22/63 to the small screen after signing up to executive produce a series based on the 2011 novel.

Executives at TV streaming company Hulu have ordered the project, which revolves around the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

King is thrilled by the news his book, about a teacher who travels back in time to stop the Kennedy killing, is to become a nine-hour thriller, stating, "If I ever wrote a book that cries out for long-form, event TV programming, 11/22/63 is it."

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