Jay Baruchel has signed on to star in and executive produce the film adaptation of Stephen King's short story "The Ten O'Clock People" from his 1993 collection "Nightmares and Dreamscapes".
The story tells of a smoker (Baruchel) 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.
Tom Holland ("Fright Night," "Child's Play") wrote the script and will direct with filming to begin in June in Montreal. Don Carmody is producing.
Baruchel will also star in FX's half-hour comedy pilot "Man Seeking Woman," based on Simon Rich's book "The Last Girlfriend on Earth".
In the series he plays a naive romantic who enters the nightmarish hellscape of the dating scene in the hopes of finding someone who will make the misery worth it.