John Carpenter is teaming up with Syfy for a new anthology TV series. When it comes to directors most closely associated with the horror genre, there are few higher on the list than Carpenter. While Carpenter seems to have at least semi-retired from making films - he hasn't directed anything since 2010's The Ward - his overall legacy when it comes to genre films is nearly unmatched, including undisputed classics like Halloween and The Thing, and more cult hits like They Live and In the Mouth of Madness.
With that in mind, when Carpenter embarks on a new project, horror fans immediately sit up and take notice. Back in 2015, reports came out that Carpenter was teaming up with his wife and frequent producing partner Sandy King to develop multiple scripted TV series. Things have been quiet on that front since, but today brings news that Carpenter's push into small-screen programming is finally kicking into high gear.
As announced by Universal, Carpenter and King's Storm King Productions company is currently developing a horror anthology series for Syfy titled Tales for a Halloween Night. The title is taken from Carpenter's graphic novel anthology series of the same name, which features various horror stories from both established and up-and-coming storytellers, as well as Carpenter himself. Two volumes have so far been released, with a third coming this October. A writer search for the show is currently underway.
Tales for a Halloween Night comes as part of an overall deal Carpenter and King just signed with Universal Cable Productions, with a series adaptation of author Simon R. Green's Nightside novels also in the works. Scream: The TV Series creator Jill Blotevogel is attached to write Nightside, and executive produce alongside Carpenter and King. It's unclear at this point how much direct creative involvement Carpenter will have in either Tales or Nightside, although his fans would certainly be thrilled if he used this opportunity to get back in the director's chair.
While Carpenter has spent most of his career making films, this Universal venture won't quite be his first foray into TV. Carpenter directed several TV movies early in his career, helmed several segments of the made for cable horror anthology flick Body Bags, and most recently directed two episodes of Showtime's short-lived Masters of Horror series. The first of those - entitled "Cigarette Burns" - is considered by many Carpenter fans as one of his better late-career efforts, so here's hoping these new projects live up to that standard of quality.
Source: Universal Cable Productions/Syfy