Horror Buff Tom Holland Will Come Out of Retirement to Fight Stephen King’s Batmen

By  · Published on June 6th, 2012

It’s been 16 years since Tom Holland’s last feature film, Thinner, hit screens. It came at the end of a career of writing work like Class of 1984 and Psycho 2 and directing Fight Night and Fatal Beauty. But now, it’s not the end.

According to Deadline Castle Rock, Holland is going to make Stephen King’s “Ten O’Clock People” his next feature film. Beyond this and Thinner, Holland also adapted King’s “The Langoliers” for TV and appears in The Stand.

The story for Ten O’Clock People focuses on a man quitting smoking, who discovers that he (and others trying to kick the habit) are able to see hideous monsters who have disguised themselves and made their way to prominent positions in society. Just like we all knew all along.

These Batmen pose a great threat, and it will be interesting to see Holland flesh out King’s short story which is, admittedly, a bit thin. Sorry for the pun. However, it seems as though King is having a filmic re-emergence with many different projects in the works (Dark Tower, Carrie and others). A million years ago, we posted a list of Stephen King short stories that would make great movies, and this wasn’t on there because (while this is incredibly interesting) there are a ton of other stories that would be better suited for the big screen. It’s a head-scratcher, but it’s cool to see Holland back in the saddle.

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