'Fright Night' Director to Adapt Stephen King's 'Ten O'Clock People'

June 5, 2012
Source: Deadline

Tom Holland and Stephen King

The original Fright Night director Tom Holland is no stranger to the works of horror master Stephen King. The two collaborated back in the 90s, most notably on the TV series "The Langoliers" and the film Thinner, both of which Holland directed. As a matter of fact, 1996's Thinner was Holland's last theatrical feature, but now Deadline reports that he'll be returning to the big screen to adapt yet another King short story, The Ten O'Clock People. The story is about Brandon Pearson (no relation), a man who tries to quit smoking and learns a ton of high-ranking officials, including the Vice President, are inhuman monsters.

The interesting thing about this story is that only people who are trying to quit smoking can see the truth, thanks to a unique chemical imbalance in their bodies. He and his fellow "ten o'clock people," folks who also used to take a morning smoke break, have to stand their ground against these monsters when they find out they've been discovered. Sounds a bit like John Carpenter's They Live, and Holland calls the upcoming modernized version "a paranoid suspense piece," so it'll be interesting to see the similarities and differences in these two properties as The Ten O'Clock People comes together. Filming starts this summer, so we can expect a release sometime in 2013, but first we need a cast, so stay tuned. Intrigued?

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"only people who are trying to quit smoking can see the truth, thanks to a unique chemical imbalance in their bodies" -This sounds pretty interesting

Fidel Reyes on Jun 5, 2012


I wonder if someone will be scaring the little girl at some point?

Nick on Jun 5, 2012


This was one of my favorite short fiction pieces from King. I'm curious to see how they handle it.

Kirk Diedrich on Jun 5, 2012


Alex, I didn't know where to put this but where are you with the Star Trek 2 teaser?!! I just saw it

Big R on Jun 5, 2012


Don't let yourself be fooled(or anyone else), it's a well crafted FAN-TRAILER; i.e. NOT official 🙂

David Banner on Jun 5, 2012


Yeah, just like David says, it's a fan made teaser trailer. Otherwise you would've seen it here right away.

Ethan Anderton on Jun 5, 2012

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