It appears that horror's living legend is set to do just that (retirement stories be damned) and he's announced his latest, a 1,000-plus page tome entitled '11/22/63.'
King's latest, which will hit retailers on November 8th of this year, is about Jake Epping, a 35-year-old teacher who learns his friend Al's storage room is a time portal that takes people back to 1958. Together, the two hatch a desperate plan – to save President John F. Kennedy from assassination. Jake travels back to an era he never experienced firsthand – a time of doo-wop and Elvis – and meets a beautiful young librarian who becomes the love of his life and a strange loner named Lee Harvey Oswald...
While most fans are excited about the prospects of King returning to the 1958 time period (a period he researched extensively for his mammoth novel 'It'), some are slightly disappointed to learn that this is King's next release – and not a new 'Dark Tower' novel or the sequel to 'The Shining' the author spoke of just over a year ago.
Meanwhile, the idea of someone traveling back in time to save JFK is only slightly more original than someone going back in time to kill Hitler (it's been featured in everything from feature films like 'Running Against Time' and 'Timequest' as well as television shows like 'Quantum Leap' and 'Red Dwarf'), it seems likely that King will put his own unique spin on the tale.
What also seems likely is that Hollywood will come looking to acquire the film rights for the novel at some point in the not-too-distant future. It's too hard to cast the film without reading the book, but knowing King's typical protagonists, we could see someone like James McAvoy playing Jake. What do you guys think? Are you up for another time travel tale about saving JFK or are you more bummed that King's next bestseller isn't a new 'Dark Tower' tale or the highly anticipated sequel to 'The Shining?'