Stephen King has been writing books since 1974. Since then, countless movie adaptations of his novels and short stories have been brought to the big screen. Most recently, his first novel ‘Carrie’ is being adapted for the third time (not counting at least one sequel). Now Hollywood is delving back in the horror of King to bring us another movie… and this one hasn’t been done before!
Deadline reports that former King collaborator Tom Holland who directed both ‘The Langoliers’ and ‘Thinner’ has just been signed up to adapt ‘The 10 O’clock People’.
‘Ten O’clock People’ is a short story from King’s short story collection ‘Nightmares and Dreamscapes’ (1993). It follows the story of Pearson, a man who is trying to kick his dastardly smoking habit. A strange chemical imbalance (caused by Pearson’s only smoking on his 10 o’clock break, hence the title) allows Pearson to see a secret race of monsters that are living among mankind and secretly ruling parts of the world.
According to the report, Holland claims that ’10 O’clock People’ was inspired by King’s attempts at quitting smoking. 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.”
While the concept sounds like a creepier take on John Carpenter’s 1988 film ‘They Live’ in which Rowdy Roddy Piper finds a pair of sunglasses that allow him to see aliens that are secretly ruling the world disguised as humans, I’ll give it a shot. King may be passé these days but the man can write some great horror. And, in addition to his King adaptations, Tom Holland is also the director of the ‘80s horror classics ‘Child’s Play’ (before Chucky turned into a comedy routine) and ‘Fright Night’.