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Would You Want to See John Carpenter Direct a New Horror Movie? He Says He Might!

John Carpenter, the director of movie classics such as Halloween, The Fog, The Thing, Christine, Big Trouble in Little China, They Live, Escape From New York, and more, hasn't made a film since The Ward back in 2010. Fans like myself have been wondering if he would return to helm another film again. As it turns out, he might! It all just depends on if it's the right project.

During a recent appearance on the Post Mortem podcast, host Mick Garris asked Carpenter if he was interested in directing again and this was the filmmaker's reply:

“Sure, if it’s right. Maybe. [I’m] working on a couple ideas.”

These days Carpenter has mostly been focused on his music. He has gone on tour and has released two albums of original music and another album that includes revamped versions of his classic movie themes. The most recent thing he directed was a music video for his Christine score,
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John Carpenter May Return to Directing Movies in the Near Future

John Carpenter May Return to Directing Movies in the Near Future
It looks like horror legend John Carpenter may be making a return to directing movies. He's been out of the game for nearly a decade when it comes to directing features and has spent much more time on his music career in recent years. That's all been good and well, but someone as talented as Carpenter could potentially bring something special to a movie he directs and, though he doesn't have anything specific lined up right now, it sounds like he's possibly going to make a return to directing and is even working on some ideas. &#8232

The 70-year-old director, who is very much alive despite having been declared wrongfully dead by Rotten Tomatoes on his birthday earlier this year, recently appeared on an episode of the Post Mortem Podcast. During the course of the conversation, he was asked about possibly returning to the world of directing movies. While making it
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Halloween Legend John Carpenter Hints At Possible Return To Feature Filmmaking

It’s going on eight years since John Carpenter released his last feature film, The Ward, but that doesn’t necessarily mean the horror master has been resting on his laurels. Or Lauries, for that matter, given he’s actively involved in the composition of David Gordon Green’s Halloween sequel.

But what about stepping behind the lens once more? Turns out Carpenter has considered it, particularly after directing the Christine music video as part of his ongoing movie anthology series.

Of course, he’s already committed to helming the pilot episode of Syfy’s Tales for a Halloween Night, but while chatting to Mick Garris on a recent installment of the Post Mortem Podcast (h/t Bloody Disgusting), the Horror Master revealed that directing a full-blown feature film is not off the table. Hell, he’s even “working on a couple of ideas.”

John Carpenter: “Last fall, I went
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John Carpenter Claims He's Too Busy to Watch New Horror Movies

John Carpenter Claims He's Too Busy to Watch New Horror Movies
John Carpenter has been pretty busy lately recording music and going out on tour. He's apparently been so busy that he claims that he hasn't seen any of the new horror movies. The statement seems kind of odd coming from one of the most legendary directors in the horror genre, but maybe that's what makes him a legend. He hasn't directed anything since 2010's The Ward, but he's currently on board for the new Halloween sequel for Blumhouse where he serves as executive producer as well as handling the scoring duties.

In a new interview, John Carpenter was asked about the new horror resurgence. While he says that he keeps up with the big Academy Award movies since he gets sent screeners, he admits that he's too busy to check out the new horror movies. It's not because he doesn't like the genre, he instead blames the flood of new
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John Carpenter to direct Tales for a Halloween Night

Back in July it was announced that John Carpenter is teaming with Syfy to develop the anthology horror series Tales for a Halloween Night, and now we have confirmation that the legendary filmmaker will be getting behind the camera to direct the pilot.

“He would direct the pilot, at least,” Carpenter’s wife and producing partner Sandy King tells Rue Morgue. “And then we’ll hopefully bring on some great horror directors—and just great directors—so that it’ll be a high-end show. We want anything that has our brand associated with it to be a satisfying experience for readers, watchers, whatever we’re doing.”

King also explained how the deal to adapt the comic book series came about, stating that: “It was just supposed to be a comic book, and I was surprised when, out of all the things we were doing, when Universal had approached us to
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John Carpenter Developing Tales For A Halloween Night For The SyFy Channel

Horror icon and legendary director John Carpenter has signed an overall development deal with Universal Cable Productions. Entertainment Weekly reports that under the deal, Carpenter will executive produce scripted programming with Ucp, and for other networks and streaming services.

Ucp and Carpenter are already developing the anthology series Tales for a Halloween Night for The Syfy Channel, which is based on Carpenter’s graphic novel. No writer has been chosen yet but their search is currently underway. This is the descriptionf romn the graphic novel:

Carpenter brings together storytellers from the worlds of movies, novels and comics for a collection of tales featuring graveyards, sunken ships, creepy crawlers and ghosts to haunt your dreams at night!

Ucp and Carpenter are also developing Nightside, a series about the hidden netherworld of London which is based on the novels by Simon R. Green.

Carpenter said he is very excited about working in
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John Carpenter Heads To TV With ‘Tales For A Halloween Night’ & ‘Nightside’

John Carpenter Heads To TV With ‘Tales For A Halloween Night’ & ‘Nightside’
John Carpenter hasn’t directed a film since 2010’s “The Ward,” but the legendary horror maestro has certainly been busy. He’s been touring the world performing iconic songs from his soundtracks, given his blessing to David Gordon Green‘s brewing remake of “Halloween,” approved Robert Rodriguez‘s redo of “Escape From New York,” and is now jumping to television with a couple of projects that are sure to grab the attention of fans.

Continue reading John Carpenter Heads To TV With ‘Tales For A Halloween Night’ & ‘Nightside’ at The Playlist.
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There’s Reason to Be Excited About The ‘Escape from New York’ Remake

With Robert Rodriguez behind the camera, at least.

Everyone hates remakes. As film-critic people, we are obligated to hate remakes and reboots ever more. Remember Ben-Hur with Morgan Freeman? Remember Tim Burton’s Planet of the Apes (2001)? But I’m can’t help but get excited about the remake of John Carpenter’s Escape from New York (1981) that 20th Century Fox is starting to get the ball actually rolling on. For one, Carpenter remains on hand as executive producer, which kind of makes the director and now-prolific rock star look like a father watching kid’s play with his old toys. Carpenter hasn’t done anything, movie-wise, in almost decade so it’s nice to see that he’ll be somewhere behind a camera sometime soon. Last year, he announced that he’d be also be on hand to help helm currently-hip Blumhouse Production’s first take on the ninth Halloween movie. So
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John Carpenter Might Score the New Halloween Movie That He Is a Creative Consultant On

John Carpenter is going to return to the Halloween film franchise as an executive producer and a creative consultant on the new film being developed by Miramax and Blumhouse Productions. This will be the first Halloween film that he's been a part of since Halloween III: Season of the Witch, and producer Jason Blum is trying to get the filmmaker to score the new film. He talked about Carpenter's involvement during a Facebook live interview with Fandango in which he said:

John Carpenter is our executive producer. I also am hoping he’s going to do the music for the movie. The deal isn’t done, but I’m a good negotiator.”

I hope he's as good as he says he is because it would be pretty awesome to see Carpenter come back and score another Halloween film! The filmmaker hasn't really done much with movies recently. The last
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Directors' Trademarks: John Carpenter

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What better way to prepare for Halloween than look back at one of the most iconic horror film directors of all time! Join us as we examining the trademark style and calling signs of John Carpenter, aka. The Master of Horror, as director.

John Carpenter is a filmmaker best characterized by his work in genre films. He became fascinated by film at a young age and attended film school at the University of Southern California before dropping out in 1974 to film his feature debut, Dark Star. That film didn’t get much commercial traction, but caught the attention of many in the industry who admired Carpenter’s ability to make the film on a shoestring budget. His follow-up was 1976’s Assault on Precinct 13, which didn’t receive much attention upon release, but after a showing at several festivals in 1977 became a critical hit and received a strong cult following.
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Pumpkinhead Reboot Is Happening with Saw Producer

Pumpkinhead Reboot Is Happening with Saw Producer
There are a staggering amount of reboots, long awaited sequels and the sometimes confusing requel being made right now. Horror movies have always been a big moneymaker for studios, so it isn't at all surprising that some classic horror icons are in the process of being brought back to the big screen. The latest of these icons is none other than the cult classic Pumpkinhead, which is being revived by Saw producer Peter Block.

Entertainment Weekly is reporting that Block has obtained the rights to the classic horror franchise, which was originally brought to life by visual effects legend Stan Winston, his directorial debut in 1988. The original Pumpkinhead tells the story of a grieving father who loses his son in a tragic accident, who then conjures up a vengeful, terrifying demon to punish the teenagers responsible. According to the report, the reboot is set to start shooting in 2017, but no
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Pumpkinhead Reboot in the Works

One of cinema’s most vengeful creatures could be coming back to the big screen, as a Pumpkinhead reboot is currently in the works and could start filming as early as next year.

EW reports that Peter Block, executive producer of the Saw films, Holliston, Frozen, John Carpenter’s The Ward, and numerous other horror movies, has purchased the rights to the Pumpkinhead franchise that kicked off in 1988 with Stan Winston’s directorial debut and continued in three sequels (the latest one being 2007’s TV movie Pumpkinhead: Blood Feud).

Along with writer Nate Atkins, Block has put together a screenplay for a Pumpkinhead reboot (at this time titled Pumpkinhead) that has the same spirit of the first film without being a shot-for-shot remake. Block is currently searching for the right director to helm the reboot, and he’d like to begin filming in early 2017.

With special effects wizard Winston at
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Luc Besson found guilty of plagiarising John Carpenter's 'Escape from New York'

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Luc Besson found guilty of plagiarising John Carpenter's 'Escape from New York'
Luc Besson and his EuropaCorp production company are out $500,000 (or 450,000 euros) following a ruling in a French appeals court Friday that the writer/director had plagiarized John Carpenter's Escape from New York with his 2012 sci-fi actioner Lockout, Deadline reports. The judgment, which found that Lockout "massively borrowed key elements" from Carpenter's 1981 cult classic, came down after Besson appealed an initial court ruling that ordered he and the film's co-writers and directors Stephen St. Leger and James Mather to pay Carpenter, screenwriter Nick Castle and Escape from New York rights-holder StudioCanal a measly $95,000 (or 85,000 euros). Whoops! Carpenter sought $3.3 million in his original suit, alleging Besson (who wrote Lockout's story and co-wrote the film's script in addition to producing the film) copied his 1981 hit and its 1996 sequel Escape from L.A. with its plot about a wrongly-convicted former CIA agent (Guy Pearce) who is offered his freedom if he can successfully rescue the U.
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John Carpenter talks Halloween sequel, video games and his band

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John Carpenter talks Halloween sequel, video games and his band
Horror master talks video game adaptations of his films, his music career and the possibility of composing the music for the Halloween sequel.

Horror maestro John Carpenter could write the score for the latest spin off of his 1978 classic, Halloween.

Carpenter is already on board as executive producer of the new movie, announced earlier this summer.

“Maybe I’ll do the music,” the 68-year-old filmmaker told Screen about the project which is being made by Miramax and Blumhouse.

However, Carpenter (who scored the original film) confirmed that he will definitely not be directing the project.

The director/composer/keyboardist was speaking to Screen at the the Neuchâtel International Fantastic Film Festival (Niff, 1-9 July) where Carpenter and his band performed his film music together with original music from his Lost Themes albums at a sold out concert in the town’s cavernous Théâtre du Passage.

Carpenter hasn’t directed a feature film since The Ward in 2010 and
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John Carpenter talks Holloween sequel, video games and his band

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John Carpenter talks Holloween sequel, video games and his band
Horror master talks video game adaptations of his films, his music career and the possibility of composing the music for the Halloween sequel.

Horror maestro John Carpenter could write the score for the latest spin off of his 1978 classic, Halloween.

Carpenter is already on board as executive producer of the new movie, announced earlier this summer.

“Maybe I’ll do the music,” the 68-year-old filmmaker told Screen about the project which is being made by Miramax and Blumhouse.

However, Carpenter (who scored the original film) confirmed that he will definitely not be directing the project.

The director/composer/keyboardist was speaking to Screen at the the Neuchâtel International Fantastic Film Festival (Niff, 1-9 July) where Carpenter and his band performed his film music together with original music from his Lost Themes albums at a sold out concert in the town’s cavernous Théâtre du Passage.

Carpenter hasn’t directed a feature film since The Ward in 2010 and
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John Carpenter talks Holloween sequel, video game adaptations and his band

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John Carpenter talks Holloween sequel, video game adaptations and his band
Horror master talks video game adaptations of his films, his music career and the possibility of composing the music for the Halloween sequel.

Horror maestro John Carpenter could write the score for the latest spin off of his 1978 classic, Halloween.

Carpenter is already on board as executive producer of the new movie, announced earlier this summer.

“Maybe I’ll do the music,” the 68-year-old filmmaker told Screen about the project which is being made by Miramax and Blumhouse.

However, Carpenter (who scored the original film) confirmed that he will definitely not be directing the project.

The director/composer/keyboardist was speaking to Screen at the the Neuchâtel International Fantastic Film Festival (Niff, 1-9 July) where Carpenter and his band performed his film music together with original music from his Lost Themes albums at a sold out concert in the town’s cavernous Théâtre du Passage.

Carpenter hasn’t directed a feature film since The Ward in 2010 and
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Coming Home: Why John Carpenter’s Return to Halloween Matters

The news dropped last night. I read (and reread) Heather’s article in these very pages with a mixture of shock, some trepidation, and an ultimate realization: John Carpenter is coming home. To Halloween. In the horror world, in this community, news doesn’t come any bigger or impactful. And while it is very early in the game, I think all parties involved (Blumhouse, Miramax, Malek Akkad) are determined to give us the best damn Halloween we’ve seen in a very long time. Especially Carpenter.

Hyperbole much? Sure. But here’s the thing – horror fans have always been like that. We invest ourselves completely in these worlds; discuss the pros and cons, ups and downs of every single film we come across. Are we sometimes cynical about what we’re offered? Of course. There’s a lot of disappointment, we all know that. We’ve all been burned, many times.
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Watch John Carpenter Perform Halloween Theme and More at L.A. Concert

Watch John Carpenter Perform Halloween Theme and More at L.A. Concert
John Carpenter is widely known as one of the most celebrated genre filmmakers of all time, directing classics such as Halloween, Escape From New York, The Fog and so many more. What some might not realize is the filmmaker is also an accomplished musician, who actually composed the scores and theme songs for most of his movies. The filmmaker hasn't directed a feature since 2010's The Ward, but over the weekend, the filmmaker took to the stage for a live retrospective of his music, performing several of his iconic theme songs from his hit horror movies.

The concert took place this past Friday at the Bootleg Theater in Los Angeles, where the director performed the theme songs live for hits such as Halloween, They Live, The Fog, Assault on Precinct 13 and Christine. In case you couldn't make it to this event, videos of these performances recently surfaced on YouTube,
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Blu-ray Review: Village of the Damned Collector’s Edition (Scream Factory)

I have a shaky relationship with Village of the Damned. On the one hand, it’s a pretty piss-poor movie in a lot of ways. It has a lot going against it. It’s a remake, the acting is ludicrous, and some of the decisions made by the characters are just mind-numbing. On the other hand, it is a John Carpenter movie, and as we’ve all learned by this point — with the exception of The Ward — even a bad John Carpenter movie is better than a lot of filmmakers’ good movies. So yes, it’s a ridiculous movie, and yes, it’s really easy to get a group of friends together, and throw this on for the purpose of laughing at it, and yes, this movie turns Christopher Reeve — a man famous to most of us because of his portrayal of Superman, humanity’s symbol of hope — into a
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Blu-ray Review: John Carpenter’s Village Of The Damned

By 1995, it was safe to say that John Carpenter’s best days as a filmmaker were behind him. He had made the last of his many masterpieces one year earlier with 1994’s In the Mouth of Madness and would, in fact, direct only four more theatrical features in his career (as of this writing, at least). It would be difficult to argue for any of the four as being his best work.

Though his filmography boasts a handful of detours, most were movies Carpenter made to demonstrate his ability to do something other than horror—the romantic drama of Starman, the would-be commercial FX comedy Memoirs of an Invisible Man. He’s only ever made two movies that feel like dispassionate for-hire gigs. One is The Ward. The other is Village of the Damned, new to Blu-ray from Scream Factory.

A remake of the 1960 film of the same name, Village of the Damned
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