Tom Holland (“Child’s Play,” the original “Fright Night”) has signed on to write and direct an adaptation of Stephen King’s short story “The Ten O’Clock People” says Deadline.
The story, think John Carpenter’s “They Live” but with demons rather than aliens, follows a Boston man who is trying to kick his smoking habit. As a result of this, a unique chemical imbalance allows him to see a frightening aspect of reality he hadn’t previously seen – that many people living in positions of power are actually inhuman monsters disguised as people.
The story was first published in the 1993 anthology “Nightmares And Dreamscapes” which also contained the stories “The Night Flier” and “Dolan’s Cadillac” which were both adapted to film. Five stories from the collection made up a TNT anthology series of the same name in 2006.
Holland and King previously collaborated on the feature adaptation of the novel “Thinner” and the mini-series take on King’s novella “The Langoliers”. Shooting on this project will kick off this Summer.