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Demme Returns To Genre Films, With Stephen King

Famed director will take on ’11/22/63′

It’s been a while since Jonathan Demme has pursued work on a scripted project. But that’s OK … he was just waiting for the right one.

Although it won’t hit bookshelves until Nov. 8, Demme is already attached to direct a big-screen version of the Stephen King novel “11/22/63.” The film, a time travel story, follows a Maine school teacher who escapes to the past and falls in love with a librarian in 1958, only to hit the Kennedy assassination point-blank in November 1963.

Demme is fully committed to this project, which he will do through his Clinica Estetico production company, as the writer, director and producer. He will be joined by Ilona Herzberg and King himself as executive producers.

This would be Demme’s first full-fledged film project since the Anne Hathaway drama “Rachel Getting Married” in 2008. That was four years after Demme directed “The Manchurian Candidate” with Liev Schreiber.

Demme is best known for his work on the Oscar-winning “Philadelphia” in 1993 and “Silence of the Lambs” in 1991. His projects this year, however, have been more on the not-so-large side. They include a documentary, “I’m Carolyn Parker” with a budget of just $200,000, and the television series “A Gifted Man” with Patrick Wilson for CBS.

No other details have been released so far about the project, including casting.

It’s expected that such a project could really get off the ground in early 2012, possibly shooting for a 2013 release — just in time for the 50th anniversary of the Kennedy assassination.

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