John Carpenter’s The Ward with Amber Heard is on the cusp of its release and it looks like the horror director has another film ready to begin production - a big screen adaptation of the comic book, Darkchylde. The supernatural horror follows “a good hearted southern teen cursed to become the creatures from her many recurring nightmares. Every time Ariel Chylde transforms, she sheds her skin and a new nightmare emerges from her Id to act out her deepest, darkest impulses”.
Nerd Basterds reports that John Carpenter and his producing partner Sandy King have joined with Darkchylde creators Randy and Sarah Queen to bring the film to the screen, hiring Richard Taylor and the Weta Workshop to create the special effects (visit Twitch Film to see Weta’s test footage from the film - NSFW).
Carpenter drew comparisons to this new project and his classic horror Halloween by saying:
“Randy Queen’s hijacked angel, Ariel Chylde, is the best young female character since Laurie Strode in Halloween. Bringing Ariel and her dark mysteries to life should be quite an adventure for us all.”
Queen continues by stating:
"I'm beyond thrilled that John Carpenter, one of our most important, and legendary genre directors, and the man responsible for such landmark films as The Thing, and Halloween has come onboard with Weta Workshop to help bring the nightmarish tale of Ariel Chylde to the silver screen. As a horror fan, the thought of Carpenter and Weta together, beautiful dreamscapes, and multiple transformations, makes me incredibly excited. There is a reason nearly his entire catalogue has, or is being remade, and it's because Carpenter is a genius."
Before Carpenter and Darkchylde fans get too excited, it should be noted that Carpenter has attached himself to quite a few film projects over the past couple of years – none of which (with the exception of The Ward) have come to fruition.
Darkchlyde had a successful comic run in the 1990s, leading to the usual toys, trading cards, lunch boxes and other assorted merchandise. Carpenter is of course the master of horror behind films like Halloween, The Thing, Escape from New York, Assault on Precinct 13, They Live and The Fog – all of which have now been remade, are set to be remade or prequelized.
There’s probably no doubt that Darkchylde will make it to screens, but the main question is will John Carpenter direct? It’s been almost ten years since his last cinematic effort (Ghosts of Mars) and aside from a few episodes of Masters of Horror, he’s been willing to sit back and collect royalty checks for the various remakes of his work (to his own admission). Following the completion of The Ward, Carpenter has also flirted with directing Fangland with Hilary Swank, and it's unknown if that film too has fallen by the wayside or if it is still on his "to do" list.
If Carpenter does direct Darkchylde lets hope that Kurt Russell makes an appearance!