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 Bong Joon-ho’s Snowpiercer and the romantic comedy A Many Splintered Thing on the docket before he’s back on screens in his superhero duds in April 2014′s Captain America: The Winter Soldier. He’s repped by CAA and 3 Arts Entertainment.