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JJ Abrams to adapt Stephen King's '63' for Hulu

Posted September 24, 2014 into Telly by John Birmingham

Da King's alternate history/time travel epic is a great pick for a long form adaptation. And I usually love most of whatever Abrams does. Where the hell he's going to find the time to do it, and whether we'll ever see it here in Oz – outside of Foxtel – is another matter.

11/22/63 to use the book's full (and really awful) title is arguably King's best work. The story of Jake Epping, an English teacher, as King once was, who uses a friend's, er, timey-wimey portal to skip back to 1958 and eventually to try and foil the Kennedy assassination, was something of a critical break through – being widely and favorably reviewed as a work of literature as much as genre. Some actual critics of real grown up books pronounced it the best novel of 2011

I enjoyed it so much I'm thinking I might do the audiobook with Thomas once we finish The Stand.

Still, Hulu.

I have grave reservations about the availability of this series when it is finally released. I won't be stealing it, natch, but if Foxtel locks it up I might have to wait until it's released on disc or try to get it from US iTunes or something.

My commitment to paying for content doesn't extend to respecting Darth Rupert's practise of hording and gouging.

24 Responses to ‘JJ Abrams to adapt Stephen King's '63' for Hulu’

beeso ducks in to say...

Posted September 24, 2014
I would argue. Still haven't finished it. Maybe i'm too young for all the Kennedy stuff to be cool?

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insomniac asserts...

Posted September 24, 2014
Coinkadinkally, the quiz on stuff.co.nz had a question on this very book today. Unfortunately I do the quiz before reading CBG so I got it wrong - wrong on so many levels.

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schlepstar mumbles...

Posted September 24, 2014
As an aside, Interesting you draw the distinction between accessing Hulu to that of accessing the US Itunes. Hulu is available for only $8 a month, with a with a VPN account. The endless merry-go-round of the 'legality' of such a set up in Australia has and continues to be debated of course.

thetick ducks in to say...

Posted September 24, 2014
It's legal. And encouraged by two government panels so far. :) Hulu TOS might not agree, but they have no legal recourse as far as I am aware beyond switching it off for you.

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Barnesm swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted September 24, 2014

and while it sounds cool, I have reservations after watching the adaption of Mr King's 'Under the Dome' for television. Shudder that was awful, and I don't mean it was full of awe either.

Paul_Nicholas_Boylan asserts...

Posted September 24, 2014
"The Dome wants us to say it with flowers."

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JG mumbles...

Posted September 24, 2014
I loved Stephen King's book, Under the Dome. I bought it and his On Writing some time ago. About time I read some more of his work, and 63 (year I was born in) and The Stand sound like great books to further my King reading.

I watched a couple of TV episodes of Under The Dome but they didn't live up to the vision I had from the book. I found what the TV series mediocre. Film rarely manages to capture the integrity of a great book. The characters in the TV series seemed flat against the book's characters. I didn't watch more after a couple of episodes, as I didn't want to be further disappointed with the memories I enjoyed from the book.

I loved JJ Abrams Lost TV series and own the DVD set. It's shame that Under The Dome doesn't live up to the high bar set by Lost.

Anyway, still a huge fan of JJ Abrams.

JG

Paul_Nicholas_Boylan swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted September 24, 2014
"The Dome wants us to eat less fried food."

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Blarkon mutters...

Posted September 24, 2014
Isn't he a bit distracted with Star Wars?

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BigWillieStyle reckons...

Posted September 24, 2014
Off topic. I just got back from my lunch hour, strolling around the streets. Didn't see one Aussie getting beheaded by Islamic terrorists. Huzzah!

Halwes would have you know...

Posted September 24, 2014


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insomniac asserts...

Posted September 24, 2014
Remain ... ah ... remain alert ... ah ah ... alert citizen Willie ... citizen Willie ... ... ... ... ah ... Team Austraya

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Michael swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted September 24, 2014
You could, as you know, with some non-illegal trickery sign up to Hulu.

...and get SNL/Daily Show/Colbert/Brooklyn nine nine and a bunch of other stuff to boot.

Like Louie C.K. say, take my money and give me the thing!

Lulu ducks in to say...

Posted September 24, 2014
Brooklyn Nine-Nine is being shown on SBS. The others unfortunately are not.

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Kay Orchison reckons...

Posted September 24, 2014
*hoarding

Though Newscorp could arguably be described as a horde

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Halwes mumbles...

Posted September 25, 2014
Mr B, Do you do book signings at a bookshop or somewhere when your new books come out? I

John Birmingham swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted September 25, 2014
Good Question, H. I'd normally do a full tour, but since the first one comes out on Dec 23 I don't see that happening. I can easily get around Brisneyland, of course. And I have a few shops I routinely sign for up here. But outside of the deep north, I dunno yet. Maybe I'll tour the middle book?

Paul_Nicholas_Boylan has opinions thus...

Posted September 25, 2014
Tour the middle book in California. Have you seen LA?

Therbs swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted September 25, 2014
LA is a great big freeway

Halwes mutters...

Posted September 25, 2014

If you want to tour Arnhem Land give me an e-mail. You might not sell many books, not many people can read around here, but you'd certainly catch a lot of fish! Accommodation and food ( fish and more fish) supplied

Paul_Nicholas_Boylan mutters...

Posted September 25, 2014
Put a hundred down and buy a car.

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Evan would have you know...

Posted September 25, 2014
If Frank Darabont were doing it I would be excited.

With Abrams, I just dread the imminent desecration of something I loved. He's already done it to me with Star Trek.

pi mumbles...

Posted September 25, 2014
Really? I'm definitely an ol' trekker, and I loved the new star-treks. The first one was an absolute cracker IMO.

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S.M. Stirling ducks in to say...

Posted September 28, 2014
It's definitely one of his best books... right up until the giant earthquakes where the universe somehow inexplicably takes its revenge for revisions of history.

I mean, please, "there are Things We Are Not Meant To Do/Know"? Oh, please.

It's a pity, because for me that spoiled a great book. The period flavor is impeccable and the research is great and the writing is good.

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