J.J. Abrams' Bad Robot is in talks to acquire Stephen King's novel 11/22/63 for a TV series adaptation. The project was previously set up as a feature film, with Jonathan Demme attached to direct, but it fell apart in December when the filmmaker backed out.
The story centers on Jake, a high school English teacher who discovers a portal in his friend's diner that can take people back to the year 1958. Jake decides to use this time travel device to go back and stop the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, who was killed on November 22, 1963. Here's the book's official description.
"Jake Epping is a thirty-five-year-old high school English teacher in Lisbon Falls, Maine, who makes extra money teaching adults in the GED program. He receives an essay from one of the students-a gruesome, harrowing first person story about the night 50 years ago when Harry Dunning's father came home and killed his mother, his sister, and his brother with a hammer. Harry escaped with a smashed leg, as evidenced by his crooked walk.
Not much later, Jake's friend Al, who runs the local diner, divulges a secret: his storeroom is a portal to 1958. He enlists Jake on an insane-and insanely possible-mission to try to prevent the Kennedy assassination. So begins Jake's new life as George Amberson and his new world of Elvis and JFK, of big American cars and sock hops, of a troubled loner named Lee Harvey Oswald and a beautiful high school librarian named Sadie Dunhill, who becomes the love of Jake's life-a life that transgresses all the normal rules of time."
Bad Robot plans to adapt the novel into either a TV series or a mini-series. No writer or director has been attached yet.