James Franco

James Franco attempts to stop JFK assassination for Hulu

Franco will produce and star in the 9-hour adaptation of the Stephen King novel 11/22/63 for the streaming service.
February 13, 2015

James Franco has been set to star in the upcoming Hulu original series 11/22/63, it was announced on Thursday.

Based on the novel of the same name by Stephen King, 11/22/63 is a thriller about a high school teacher who travels back in time to prevent the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, but finds his mission threatened by Lee Harvey Oswald, falling in love and a past he doesn’t want to change.

Franco will produce and play the role of Epping in the 9-hour series.

First announced in September, the series is being produced by J.J. Abrams’s Bad Robot Productions (Person of Interest, Fringe, Lost) and Warner Bros. Television. Bridget Carpenter (Friday Night Lights) is writing the script and executive producing with Abrams and Bryan Burk. Athena Wickham is producing and Bad Robot’s Kathy Lingg as co-executive producer.

Franco is no stranger to the digital realm – and not just through Sony’s forced VOD release of The Interview, which he starred in with Seth Rogen. Last fall, he starred in and directed the 10-part AOL Originals series Making a Scene With James Franco, in which he recreated iconic moments and characters from well-known films like Taxi Driver (pictured), The Godfather, Napoleon Dynamite and Titanic. 

Franco is currently teaching college courses at UCLA, USC and Cal Arts, and acting classes at Studio 4. He recently made his Broadway debut in Of Mice and Men.

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  • thegoodread said:

    Lone gunman makes astoundingly accurate shots with antique Italian rifle that belongs in a museum, then gets killed in police station by mob affiliate after being interrogated for two days—without any transcript or tape of interviews.

    70-80% of Americans believe that JFK was killed by a conspiracy. The HSCA, [House Sub-Committee on Assassinations], in 1979 concluded as much—and then closed down without follow up. A simple observation of the Zapruder film shows that the Single Bullet Theory (aka Magic Bullet Theory), the tortured assumption that one bullet caused the injuries to both JFK and Governor Connally, is easily disproved. A bullet traveling at ~1600 fps did not linger in the air in a remarkably agile fashion for almost 2 seconds waiting for the governor to assume the correct position to be injured. It did not crush and mangle bones in the Govenor’s chest and wrist and then emerge in pristine condition. The Single Bullet Theory is the linchpin of the Warren Commission’s conclusions but with evidence showing that more than one bullet caused the injuries to these two men, its findings disintegrate. Even Governor Connally and his wife Nellie, sitting beside him in the limousine that sunny Dallas morning, always disagreed with the SBT. It was therefore hard to read articles, news briefs and internet comments based on the conventional myth presented by the Warren Commission—that Oswald alone killed JFK. And it is too important an issue to let slide as the pernicious lie leaves people numbed to the truth—that our president was killed by our own. An American coup d’etat. It does not matter what sort of screw-up Oswald was if the laws of physics and common sense show that there was more to the killing of JFK than the actions of a lone gunman.

    A book, The Memoirs of John F. Kennedy, a well-researched work of fiction, comes at the subject from a more factually accurate approach. Winner of numerous literary awards, this book shows what might have happened had JFK survived the assassination attempt and gone on to win a second term—what might have occurred had his real killers and their motives been exposed. In addition, such books as Breach of Trust by Gerald McKnight, Brothers by David Talbot, Rush to Judgement by Mark Lane, JFK and the Unspeakable by James W. Douglass, and a host of others by authors and investigators that have closely analyzed the facts.

    We Americans want to believe in our government. We want to believe we act morally and follow our best angels. But there are times when we must look behind the curtain and see our dark side. Attributing the death of JFK to Lee Oswald as a lone and independent sociopath is a convenient means of avoiding the hard truths behind the assassination.

  • MistMaster said:

    This is exciting. It’s great because https://ironsocket.com can unblock Hulu and that when this movies will be shown It’s gonna be easy for me to stream it online. I love Hulu.

  • Arjan Hut said:

    Isn’t 22-11-1963 a rip off of a similar idea pursued in the series Quantum Leap back in 1992? Same idea, similar approach, same conclusion.

    I read the book. Nice idea, well worked out, but the ending was disappointing and cruel towards Kennedy, who is essentually portrayed as an airhead who would have led America into race riots and nuclear war.

    And no New Orleans! Didn’t Occam’s Razor work on Oswald in New Orleans?

    The hamburger recipes saved the day, but a bad taste does remain.

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