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By Mark Shanahan & Meredith Goldstein
Globe Staff / August 13, 2011

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Variety reports that Oscar-winner Jonathan Demme (“Silence of the Lambs’’) has optioned rights to produce and direct a film based on horrormeister Stephen King’s upcoming novel “11/22/63,’’ scheduled for release in November. King’s latest novel follows a Maine high-school teacher who travels back in time, hoping to thwart John F. Kennedy’s assassination. Demme plans to start shooting in fall 2012, with King as executive producer. Meanwhile, Ron Howard’s adaptation of King’s “Dark Towers’’ series “recently fell apart,’’ the trade mag reports, while an adaptation of “The Stand’’ is said to be “heating up.’’