Announced last month, director Tom Holland (Fright Night, Child's Play) is venturing into Stephen King territory once again with a feature film adaptation of The Ten O'Clock People. Now, Deadline reports that Justin Long is in talks to play the leading role.
King’s short short story was published in 1993 as part of his “Nightmares and Dreamscapes” collection and was notable for being set in Boston, Massachusetts as opposed to his familiar Maine locale. The story follows Brandon Pearson, who in trying to kick his smoking habit uncovers a frightening aspect of reality he plans to extinguish through extreme measures.
Long is no stranger to the genre, having played a role in Sam Raimi's Drag Me to Hell and Jeepers Creepers.
The Ten O'Clock People will begin filming later this summer and is produced by Making Ten O’Clock Productions and Holland’s Dead Rabbit Films.