PASADENA, CALIF. — When James Franco first read Stephen King’s 11.22.63, he immediately wanted to option it.

The book, which was published in 2011, follows Jake Epping, a high school English teacher who travels back in time with a mission to prevent the assassination of John F. Kennedy

“I read it pretty fast,” Franco said during a panel at Hulu’s Television Critics Association presentation on Saturday morning. “I just loved it so much.”

Unfortunately for Franco — at least at the time — the project was taken by none other than J.J. Abrams. Read more…

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James Franco wanted to option ‘11.22.63’ — but J.J. Abrams beat him to it