James Franco Will Now Stop the Assassination of a Real World Leader in Stephen King’s 11/22/63

By  · Published on February 12th, 2015

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Ever wonder how James Franco is so prolific? Maybe there are multiple James Francos running around thanks to him inventing time travel some point in the future and constantly returning back to this decade in order to act, direct, teach, make cameo appearances and more. Or perhaps it’s merely cloning that he’s figured out, Multiplicity style, but the time travel theory is more fitting with the latest project he’s attached to.

According to The Wrap, Franco will star in and produce Hulu’s nine-part series 11/22/63, based on the 2011 Stephen King novel of the same name. Scripted and executive produced by Bridget Carpenter (the TV series Friday Night Lights and Parenthood) and also produced by J.J. Abrams, the show will see the Oscar-nominated actor as an English teacher who finds a portal that takes him back to the year 1958. That gives him an opportunity to thwart John F. Kennedy’s assassination if he only waits around for half a decade.

I’d love for Doc Brown to draw me a diagram of Franco’s schedule for a whole year. At the moment, the actor has 14 on-screen credits listed for 2015 on IMDb (not counting this one, for which he’s not listed yet). And four directorial credits (some overlapping with acting). How’s he doing it all? And is he going to threaten the very fate of the world in the process? Not to spoil anything, but that’s a possibility with his 11/22/63 character’s saving JFK on that titular date, thanks to the Butterfly Effect.

The funny thing is that Franco has already upset a whole nation armed with nuclear weapons through his career choices. Fortunately North Korea didn’t do anything more than hack a studio in retaliation for the Franco-led comedy The Interview (in which he’s tasked with an assassination of a world leader, not stopping one), but maybe that’s only because Franco went back in time again to stop the majority of theater owners from showing the movie as planned. Franco saved us!

Hulu has yet to set a premiere date for the series.

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Christopher Campbell began writing film criticism and covering film festivals for a zine called Read, back when a zine could actually get you Sundance press credentials. He's now a Senior Editor at FSR and the founding editor of our sister site Nonfics. He also regularly contributes to Fandango and Rotten Tomatoes and is the President of the Critics Choice Association's Documentary Branch.