Ah Stephen King, a man with such a prolific range of work, that it’s impossible for it to escape an adaptation onto the big screen. Back in the nineties, King gave up smoking, resulting in a fit of writing that was responsible for an entry in his Nightmares and Dreamscapes book, The Ten O’ Clock People.
And now, those withdrawal symptoms are headed to the big screen.
When Brandon Pearson attempts to give up smoking, little does he realise that the chemical imbalance that his lost addiction creates, will be responsible for him seeing the true face of the world, as he begins to see the “batmen”, strange creatures taking over the world, who happen to be well-adjusted figures with their parents very much alive.
These batmen are everywhere, from the streets to the halls of government, resulting in Pearson becoming paranoid and delusional, as he tries to understand what is happening to the world.
Writer-Director Tom “Fright Night” Holland is on hand to bring the story to life, as he told Deadline:
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.
Holland has previously worked on such King properties such as The Langoliers, and Thinner, and will be looking to start shooting in September in New York, with Justin Long being approached to star in the project.