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Veteran horror director and occasional FANGORIA blogger Tom
Holland has lately been focusing his efforts on small-screen fare like MASTERS
OF HORROR and the on-line TWISTED TALES series, but now he’s returning to the
feature realm with his third Stephen King-based project.
Holland has signed to direct THE TEN O’CLOCK PEOPLE, based
on King’s short story of the same title (from the NIGHTMARES & DREAMSCAPES
collection), for Making Ten O’Clock Productions. The plot, set in Boston,
Massachusettes instead of the author’s usual Maine, concerns a man named
Brandon Pearson who is trying to quit the killer weed, and as a result finds
himself able to see a frightening side of reality that leads him to take
violent action. “[This story] was Stephen trying to deal with his cigarette
jones and the fairly new no-smoking laws back in the ’90s,” says Holland, who
previously helmed the King feature THINNER (out on a new DVD and Blu-ray from
Olive Films August 21) and the two-part TV movie THE LANGOLIERS. “This film
will be a modernization of the original short story, a paranoid suspense
E.J. Meyers and Nathaniel Kramer are producing THE TEN
O’CLOCK PEOPLE, which will shoot this year targeting a 2013 release, and they comment,
“With Ron Howard’s THE DARK TOWER adaptation and remakes of CARRIE and THE
STAND on the horizon, 2013 is shaping up to be the year of King. We’re excited
to be contributing to it.” Keep your eyes here for further updates!!
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