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Fox to air Stephen King’s 11.22.63 mini-series in Europe

January 25th, 2016 by Matt Gault Comments

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Based on Stephen King’s bestselling novel and exec produced by King, JJ Abrams, Bridget Carpenter and Bryan Burk, thriller event series 11.22.63 will bow in select European territories this spring on Fox.

Under a pact with Warner Bros International Television Distribution, Fox Networks Group Europe has secured exclusive first-run linear and non-linear rights in 18 European markets.

Those include the UK, Germany, Italy, Russia, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, Bulgaria, Flemish-speaking Belgium, Croatia, Finland, Greece, Hungary, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Serbia and Slovenia. 11.22.63 premieres on Hulu in the U.S. on February 15.

The nine-part drama stars James Franco as high school English teacher Jake Epping who travels back in time to prevent the assassination of President John F Kennedy. However, his mission is threatened by Lee Harvey Oswald, falling in love and the past itself, which doesn’t want to be changed. Chris Cooper, Josh Duhamel, TR Knight, Cherry Jones, Sarah Gadon, Lucy Fry, George MacKay and Daniel Webber also star.

The opening episode runs for two hours and is directed by Last King Of Scotland‘s Kevin Macdonald. Exact dates of the premiere are yet to be confirmed.

The show premiered at Sundance Film Festival and this is what The Guardian (via Squareeyed) had to say in their rather glowing review of the two-hour opener:

“Only the pilot was screened at Sundance, but the two-hour premiere is more than enough to lock viewers into the whole season. While 11.22.63 might sound a bit similar to Amazon’s The Man in the High Castle, which imagines a world in which the Axis powers won the second world war, in practice it’s quite distinct in both feel and execution. Unlike Amazon, Hulu has yet to see a breakout original series, but if the rest of the episodes are as good as the premiere, this look to the past could cement Hulu’s future as creative force on the small screen.”

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Matt Gault is a sports writer and film fanatic. He is a fully-qualified journalist and has worked for BBCNI, Sunday Life and has been published on The Guardian's website. He interns at REDNI, sub-editing for the Belfast Telegraph. He studied at Queen's University pretending to like history and literature and then University of Ulster Coleraine, where he slacked off enormously for a year and somehow got away with it. He also enjoys Captain Morgans, The Sopranos, Led Zeppelin and Hunter S. Thompson which makes him a remarkably uninteresting person.