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Justin Long in Negotiations for Stephen King’s The Ten O’clock People

Written by Alexander Tucker   // 06/30/2012

Justin LongJustin Long needs a comeback and in a way, from a theatrical point of view, Stephen King needs a comeback too. Not to compare Justin Long and Stephen King Mind you. Stephan King truly is one of the greatest writers of the 20th Century, while Justin Long barely tops my top fifty actors of the last decade, if at all. But it has been a while since either one of them had a Box Office triumph.


Nonetheless, Justin Long is in negotiations for the lead role in Stephen King’s The Ten O’clock People. As Announced last month, director Tom Holland (Fright NightChild’s Play) is venturing into Stephen King territory once again with a feature film adaptation.


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 Pearson’s attempt to quit smoking and the unknown and terrifying aspect of reality that he uncovers as he tries to kick it.


Cinemablend may have said it best, ‘Once upon a time, Hollywood was in a mad dash to adapt as many King properties as it could get its hands on.’ Though there has been a steady trickle of King adaptations over the years, things seem to be ramping up. Chloe Moretz recently started production on Carrie, Ben Affleck wants to make The Stand, Ron Howard keeps threatening to make The Dark Tower, and now there’s this. We’ll let you know if, and when Justin Long signs on the dotted line.


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