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Justin Long had been attached to play the lead in Tom Holland’s Ten O’Clock People, an adaptation of the Stephen King short story. Now, due to a scheduling conflict, he’s dropped out, and Avengers star Chris Evans is looking into taking his place.
Evans would play the man “who tries to quit smoking with the help of a new drug only to discover a frightening aspect of reality as he kicks nicotine.”
- Andy Greene
Hardcore Stephen King fans have definitely heard of The Dark Man, and now thanks to the folks at Cemetery Dance Publications, the long unpublished prequel poem to The Stand will finally be released on July 30th, in a special hardcover edition. As a lifelong fan of King’s, this makes me grin from ear to ear, what about you fright fiends?
“Cemetery Dance Publications is pleased to announce our World’s First
Hardcover Edition of The Dark Man by Stephen King, which will be available
in bookstores and libraries across America on July 30th.
The Dark Man has never seen the light of day beyond a few hardcore
collectors of King’s college work, but many people consider it to be a
prequel to King’s epic end of the world novel, The Stand, because it stars
the first appearance of Randall Flagg, one of King’s greatest villains.
We’ve got a few interesting casting stories to share today. Briefly: Sean Penn is in talks to join the increasingly impressive cast of director Paul Thomas Anderson’s next film, Inherent Vice. Looking to expand outside of the Marvel world, Chris Evans is eyeing a starring role in the Stephen King adaptation The Ten O’Clock People. Li Bingbing (Resident Evil: Retribution) is the first Chinese actress to join the cast of Michael Bay’s sequel Transformers 4, which will feature a host of Chinese stars. Hit the jump for more on each project. While the two have been trying to work together for years, it appears that Sean Penn will finally be appearing in a Paul Thomas Anderson film. Cigarettes and Red Vines reports that Penn is in talks to sign on in an undisclosed role. Joaquin Phoenix is set to star in the Thomas Pynchon adaptation, and »
- Adam Chitwood
20th Century Fox TV
Robin Williams’ biggest commitment to series television since the days of “Mork & Mindy” highlights a 20th TV slate that is deep, even if not necessarily brimming with international star appeal.
Williams is teaming with another recognizable face, Sarah Michelle Gellar, in the single-cam, father-daughter workplace comedy “The Crazy Ones,” from the pen of a scribe with no small amount of global cachet himself: David E. Kelley.
Kelley’s star Stateside hasn’t shined quite as brightly of late — “Harry’s Law” (NBC) lasted only two seasons, while “Monday Mornings” (TNT) didn’t make it past one, and half-hour isn’t exactly where the “Picket Fences” and “Ally McBeal” creator made his bones, but a series starring Williams in an accessible setting is filled with worldwide potential.
A slam dunk for interest is the limited-series return of Kiefer Sutherland in “24: Live Another Day.” The condensed format »
- Cynthia Littleton
New York — The most striking thing about the broadcast TV networks announcing their new fall schedules this past week was how little that actually meant.
Television schedules seem more like sketches these days. Even the networks admit their prime-time plans for September will be different by January, even more so a few months later. That's not even taking into account the inevitable failures among the 56 new series ordered into production by ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox and the CW.
Broadcasters are more frequently embracing the cable TV idea of limited run series, of taking favorites off the air for a time instead of showing reruns, and of not treating summer as an afterthought.
"We're not constrained by the traditional broadcast schedule anymore," Kevin Reilly, Fox entertainment chairman, proclaimed in a presentation to advertisers.
Television has typically started its new season in late September, a calendar that was set to coincide with »
Tom Holland ('Childs Play') is busy giving the big sell for his new upcoming Stephen King adaptation of 'The Ten O'Clock People'. The tale based on King's short story was all set to see 'Drag Me to Hell' and 'Jeepers Creepers' star Justin Long play the lead role. Unfortunately it appears that Justin's work rota currently means he's going to be unable to join the project. So step up 'Captain America' himself Chris Evans (below) to fill his boots. 'The Avengers' star is reportedly in talks to join the adaptation which Holland co-wrote alongside E.J. Meyers. Rachel Nichols ('Raze', 'P2') was also being lined up to star but whether that's still a role available for the hottie is yet to be officially confirmed. »
A modernized adaptation of the Stephen King short story from "Nightmares and Dreamscapes," the story follows a man who tries to quit smoking with the help of a new drug.
He soon discovers a frightening aspect of reality as he kicks nicotine. Justin Long was previously attached, but had to leave due to scheduling conflicts.
Source: Deadline »
- Garth Franklin
Captain America star Chris Evans is looking to join the feature film adaptation of Stephen King's The Ten O'Clock People. Fright Night writer Tom Holland is set to helm the film, and he's no stranger to King's work. He's also directed King's The Langoliers and Thinner.
This will be a modernized take on the short story from King’s Nightmares and Dreamscapes. The story is set in Boston and follows a character named Brandon Pearson, "who in trying to kick his smoking habit uncovers a frightening aspect of reality that he plans to extinguish through extreme measures." The director had this to say in a statement:
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.
I'm sure Evans will be great »
- Joey Paur
The producers have streamlined their ambitious plans in order to find an investor for their Stephen King adaptation, reports Deadline.
Media Rights Capital is to fund one movie based on the seven-volume fantasy/Western saga, with more to come if the first succeeds.
Grazer also said that they were in talks with a Silicon Valley investor who is willing to fund the multiple-film project as previously planned.
Russell Crowe is in line to play last Gunslinger Roland Deschain in the adaptation.
King recently returned to the franchise with the supplementary novel The Wind Through the Keyhole.
Gallery - Cannes Film Festival 2013: »
Stephen King, e-book champion and veteran of roughly every major publishing format available, is opting to keep his new horror novel Joyland strictly as a paper book. "I have no plans for a digital version," King says. "Maybe at some point, but in the meantime, let people stir their sticks and go to an actual bookstore rather than a digital one." Does King count Amazon as an "actual bookstore," though? Because Joyland is available for pre-order there. Also: What does "stir their sticks" mean? »
- Zach Dionne
With Tom Holland's adaptation of Stephen King's The Ten O'Clock People currently making the sales rounds at Cannes, word has come that Chris Evans (Captain America, Snowpiercer) is in talks to replace Justin Long, who had to drop out due to a scheduling conflict.
Per Deadline, the plan is to shoot The Ten O'Clock People, an adaptation of King's short story of the same name that was first published in Nightmares and Dreamscapes in 1993, this fall in Atlanta. Holland, the 1980s horror maven who wrote and directed Fright Night and Child's Play and previously tackled King’s Thinner and The Langoliers, will direct.
The story centers on a man who, when attempting to kick his smoking habit, has his eyes opened to a frightening reality in which many people in authority are monsters. He joins a group of others like him called "The Ten O’Clock People. »
- The Woman In Black
It was announced last year that Tom Holland (Fright Night, Child’s Play, Thinner) would write and direct a movie based on Stephen King’s short story, The Ten O’Clock People. While Justin Long was in talks to star in the movie previously, it’s been reported that another actor will replace him.
According to Deadline, Chris Evans (Captain America) is now circling the role after Justin Long had to drop out due to scheduling conflicts. Should Evans sign on, the movie will begin shooting this fall in Atlanta. We previously talked to Tom Holland and he told us what to expect from the upcoming adaptation:
“Stephen and I had dinner when I was making The Langoliers and he had recently finished writing Nightmares and Dreamscapes, which had that short story. He was aggravated at dinner because we were both still smoking at the time. They still had smoking and non-smoking sections, »
- Jonathan James
Captain America‘s Chris Evans is now circling the Stephen King adaptation The Ten O’Clock People, which once had Justin Long attached before scheduling conflicts got in the way, reports Deadline. Tom Holland (Fright Night) is still attached to adapt and direct the modernized take on the short story from King’s “Nightmares and Dreamscapes” “about a... Read More »
Stephen King’s cinematic universe has got a busy year ahead. Under The Dome lands on our TV screens this Summer, feature-length Cell has bagged John Cusack and now The Ten O’Clock People might have secured a lead. Chris Evans, aka Captain America is now in talks to take the lead in this latest King feature.
The project was announced last year but those last twelve months have seen the film gain and then lose Justin Long, who dropped out of the project due to scheduling conflicts. Should Evans sign on, he’d assume the role of Brandon Pearson. A smoker, Pearson tries to quit for the good of his health. In the process of quitting, he discovers a terrible secret: people in positions of power are actually revolting monsters in disguise. Due to a chemical imbalance caused only when he has a cigarette on his morning break (hence »
- Gem Seddon
When he got his big break as Johnny Storm in 2005.s terrible Fantastic Four update, I would have bet money I didn.t have on Chris Evans. career being an unchallenging one filled with romances and dumb comedies, with the occasional action hero role thrown in . in other words, the career of nearly every other good looking guy in Hollywood. But even within the roles that fall into the above genres, Evan never fails to impress, even when emaciated by CGI in Captain America. And while I.ve never had to judge an actor on how he might perform as someone possibly going insane while trying to quit smoking, I don.t see why Evans wouldn.t fit the bill. Deadline reports Evans is the latest actor in talks to join The Ten O.Clock People, the adaptation of a Stephen King short story to be directed by Tom Holland »
Last July, it appeared that Stephen King’s story The Ten O’Clock People might finally be torn from the pages of the Nightmares And Dreamscapes collection, with news that Fright Night's Tom Holland was setting up an adaptation and had secured Justin Long to star. After some time lingering in development, Long is out thanks to scheduling issues, but Holland is aiming to line up Chris Evans to star instead.If he does make a deal, Evans will play Brandon Pearson, a man attempting to give up smoking, only to find that the resulting chemical imbalance causes some interesting side effects.Thanks to his nicotine-craving brain and now-limited smoking habit, Brandon is somehow able to see certain people for who they really are, They Live-style. He discovers to his horror that some in positions of power (including his own boss) aren’t human at all, but are »
It has been a little while since we've heard about The Ten O'Clock People, director Tom Holland's adaptation of the Stephen King tale. Today, Deadline is reporting that Justin Long, once in line to star, has bowed out due to scheduling and now Chris Evans (Captain America, Sunshine) is circling the film.
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.
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Exclusive: Captain America‘s Chris Evans is now circling the Stephen King adaptation, which had Justin Long attached before scheduling conflicts got in the way. Tom Holland (Fright Night) will adapt and direct The Ten O'Clock People, a modernized take on the short story from King’s Nightmares and Dreamscapes about a man who tries to quit smoking with the help of a new drug only to discover a frightening aspect of reality as he kicks nicotine. Pic is aiming for a fall shoot in Atlanta and will mark Holland’s third King adaptation after The Langoliers and Thinner. Pascal Borno and Scott Karol’s Conquistador Entertainment, Holland’s Dead Rabbit Films and E.J. Meyers, Robin Reitman and Nathaniel Kramer’s Making Ten O’clock Productions will produce the film, which Borno and Karol are selling at Cannes. Evans, recently in theaters opposite Michael Shannon in The Iceman, has »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
The U.S. TV networks have been pretty busy this past week previewing the new additions to their schedules, and now CBS has given us an extended look at its upcoming Stephen King adaptation Under the Dome, a 13-part limited series from Brian K. Vaughan (The Private Eye) which centres on the residents of a small town in Maine which finds itself mysteriously cut off from the rest of the world.
Based upon King's 2009 novel of the same name Under the Dome is produced by Steven Spielberg's Amblin Television, with Niels Arden Oplev (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) handling directing duties on the pilot. The cast includes Dean Norris (Breaking Bad), Mike Vogel (The Help), Natalie Martinez (Death Race), Rachelle Lafevre (Twilight), Jolene Purdy (Donnie Darko), Nicholas Strong (Nashville), Aisha Hinds (True Blood), Britt Robertson (The Secret Circle), Colin Ford (Jake and the Never Land Pirates) and newcomer Alex Koch. »
- Flickering Myth
I confess… I bought Stephen King’s epic novel for Under The Dome shortly after it came out and I haven’t had the courage to tackle it quite yet. I mean, there it is on my book shelf, staring back at me, just daring me to devote all my time and energy into tackling all 1088 pages… and I just haven’t done it. It’s hard enough finding the time for all the television I want to catch up on! A-ha! And now CBS has adapted and is premiering the TV series version based upon King’s book on June 24th. Below you’ll fin a pretty cool 2 and a half minute preview of what we can expect. Oh and did I mention the mighty Jeff Fahey is one of the leads of this sucker? Awe yeah…
- Rob Galluzzo
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