2017 may belong to Stephen King, but Master of Horror John Carpenter is set to rule 2018. Not only is the filmmaker wearing a producer hat in the Halloween reboot currently in the works at Blumhouse, he’s just inked an overall deal with Universal Cable Productions to produce a slew of horror programming, including the film Tales for a Halloween Night for Syfy.
From Today’s Press Release:
Universal Cable Productions (UCP) today announced an overall development deal with John Carpenter, the celebrated director of horror films including “Halloween,” “The Thing,” and “Escape from New York.” Under the new deal, Carpenter will executive produce scripted programming with UCP for the NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment portfolio, as well as for external networks and streaming services, along with his producing partner, Sandy King, under their Storm King Productions banner. The announcement was made today by Dawn Olmstead, Executive Vice President, Development at UCP.
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UCP and Carpenter are already in development on “Tales for a Halloween Night” for SYFY. Based on Carpenter’s award-winning graphic novel anthology of stories where he brings together storytellers from the worlds of movies, novels, and comics for a collection of horror stories featuring graveyards, sunken ships, creepy crawlers and ghosts that will haunt your dreams long after you’ve finished reading. A search for a writer is underway.
A native of Carthage, NY, Carpenter attended Western Kentucky University and the USC School of Cinema, where he began working on “Dark Star.” His breakthrough film, “Halloween,” spawned several sequels. He further cemented his reputation as a master of the genre with hits including “Escape From New York,” “The Thing,” “They Live,” and “Big Trouble in Little China.” On the small screen, Carpenter directed the mini-series “Elvis,” and Showtime’s horror trilogy “John Carpenter Presents Body Bags” as well as two episodes of STARZ “Masters of Horror.” On Halloween 2014, Carpenter introduced the world to the next phase of his career with “Vortex,” the first single from Lost Themes, his first album of non-soundtrack material which achieved numerous international milestones and affirmed Carpenter’s lasting influence on genre score work. Lost Themes II was released with much fanfare, April of 2016, kicking off a twenty-nine city international tour around the world.
We’ll definitely be keeping our ears to the ground in order to bring you additional John Carpenter news as details emerge. Stay tuned!