Stephen King's 11/22/63 hasn't even been released yet, but the film rights have already been purchased. According to reports, Jonathan Demme (The Silence of the Lambs) has optioned the film rights to the novel, with plans to write and direct.

Due out on November 8th, Stephen King's latest novel revolves around time travel and attempting to stop the assassination of JFK:

“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.”

It is noted that the film currently is not set up at a studio and does not have financing, so this is another project that is at very early stages of development. Stephen King books have been a hot item in Hollywood once again, with a Bag of Bones miniseries currently filming, along with the possibility of new feature film versions of The Stand, Pet Semetary, The Dark Tower, Carrie, and Firestarter.

Source: THR