Jay Baruchel, Not Justin Long, Set to Lead King's 'Ten O'Clock People'
In the summer of 2012, we learned that Justin Long was being lined up to star in The Ten O'Clock People, an adaptation of Stephen King's short story of the same name. However, it appears the Drag Me to Hell star has fallen away from the project, and now THR reports Jay Baruchel (This is The End, RoboCop) who has signed on to star in the film written and directed by Tom Holland, the original Fright Night and Child's Play helmer. King and Holland collaborated back in the 90s, most notably on the TV series "The Langoliers" and the film Thinner (Holland's last big screen work), so this is quite a reunion 16 years later.
The story comes from King's 1993 horror collection Nightmares and Dreamscapes, and it sounds more like an episode of "The Twilight Zone." Baruchel will star in the film as Brandon Pearson, a former smoker who returns to his old habit with a cessation drug still in his system, triggering a side effect that reveals a frightening reality in which many people in authority are monsters. Only people who partake in smoking become wise to the scheme, andnow Ben and his fellow "ten o'clock people" (named for those who take a morning smoke break), have to stand their ground against these monsters. Sounds like old school horror.