John Carpenter is strongly hinting he’s about to turn his cult 1987 horror film Prince Of Darkness into a TV show. Following the box-office disappointment of Big Trouble In Little China, Carpenter decided to take a break from studio projects and return to smaller films. Prince Of Darkness was first of these low-budget projects and involves a group of academics gathering in an abandoned church to investigate whether a mysterious canister of liquid really contains the son of the Devil - spoiler alert, it does.
Prince Of Darkness is a slow burn that builds an atmosphere of dread and creeping tension before things literally go to hell in the final act. The movie has built a loyal cult following over the years and is best remembered for an eerie dream sequence where a demonic figure is seen emerging from the church and Alice Cooper’s cameo as a murderous homeless person. In addition to writing and directing, Carpenter also composed the movie’s haunting soundtrack.
Carpenter recently returned to the Halloween franchise to serve as executive producer and composer on the new sequel, and it appears he might be returning to another of his old properties. In a recent interview with Consequence Of Sound, the director revealed he’s talking to horror streaming service Shudder about composing a theme for one of their projects, and then hinted, “And maybe doing a show for them. What would you think about Prince of Darkness as a TV show?”
Following that tease, Carpenter quickly responded with “Well, maybe. Maybe not. I don’t know,” so it appears nothing is concrete just yet. While the movie was relatively contained, there’s a lot of room to expand the concept, in addition to exploring the themes of science vs religion. Time will tell if the show goes ahead, but given the buzz around Halloween (2018) and renewed interest in Carpenter’s work, it feels like a real possibility.
In addition to Prince Of Darkness, Carpenter has been linked to other potential TV shows, including a Syfy show based on his own comic series Tales For A Halloween Night. Carpenter has been semi-retired from filmmaking for a number of years - his last feature film was 2010’s The Ward - and he’s mainly focused on his music. He’s released two albums of original music dubbed Lost Themes I & II, in addition to composing the new Halloween soundtrack and even performing live shows where he plays classic themes from his own work.
Source: Consequence Of Sound