Tom Holland and Stephen King to Reunite For ‘The Ten O’Clock People’
Director Tom Holland and author Stephen King go way back. Holland adapted both ‘Thinner’ and ‘The Langoliers’ into a movie and a miniseries respectively, but hasn’t made a feature film since the former. Now Holland is back, and he’s adapting another King story — ‘The Ten O’Clock People.’
Deadline reports that Holland, who has an upcoming series of shorts for FearNet called ‘Twisted Tales,’ is set to direct an adaptation of the King short story from the collection ‘Nightmares and Dreamscapes.’
The story is set in Boston where a man named Brandon Pearson is attempting to kick his smoking habit, but winds up discovering something very sinister, that only people who are trying to quit smoking can see — many people in places of power are actually monsters.
It’s a heavy-handed metaphorical tale for sure, inspired by King’s own experiences attempting to kick the habit. Holland says, “This was Stephen trying to deal with his cigarette jones and the fairly new no-smoking laws back in the ’90s. This film will be a modernization of the original short story, a paranoid suspense piece.”
‘The Ten O’Clock People’ also sounds very similar to ‘They Live,’ John Carpenter’s 80s classic about special sunglasses that allow the wearer to see which humans are actually aliens.
As for Holland, his last directorial gig was the ‘Masters of Horror’ episode titled “We All Scream for Ice Cream,” but he’s best known for his work directing horror classics like ‘Fright Night’ and ‘Child’s Play.’