We’ve known since late 2015 that esteemed genre director John Carpenter (Halloween, The Thing, They Live) has been working on several small-screen projects. Today, we got an update on exactly what televised awesomeness we’ll be seeing from him — and one project involves his favourite holiday.
Screen grab from John Carpenter’s The Fog (1980)
According to a press release, Carpenter and his producing partner Sandy King, who also happens to be his wife, have signed a deal with Universal Cable Productions to executive produce scripted shows for the company’s various channels and streaming platforms. First up will be Tales for a Halloween Night, an anthology series 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.
Also in development is Nightside, based on Simon R. Green’s series of pulpy novels about a private investigator who works cases in London’s supernatural underbelly; Jill Blotevogel, who co-developed MTV’s Scream series, will pen the script. Here’s a bit more about the story:
Nightside is the secret heart of London beating to its own rhythm, pumping lifeblood through the veins of its streets and alleys, hidden in eternal darkness where creatures of the night congregate and where the sun is afraid to shine. It’s the place to go if you’re looking to indulge the darker side of your nature — and to hell with the consequences.
Both Tales for a Halloween Night and Nightside are still in development, so there’s no news on when we might get to feast our eyeballs on them.