Legendary director John Carpenter has helped define the nightmares of multiple generations, with films like Halloween, The Fog, Prince of Darkness and The Thing being only a sliver of masterpieces he's created for the horror genre. Although the filmmaker might have been dormant in the world of movies in recent years, Carpenter announced his partnership with Syfy to executive produce a series of programs for the network, beginning with Tales For A Halloween Night.
"John Carpenter is an incredible creator whose dark imagination has left an indelible mark in film and in our dreams," said David Olmstead, EVP Development at Universal Cable Productions. "We are thrilled to have a master of the horror genre join UCP."
Carpenter himself revealed, "I'm excited to partner with Universal Cable Productions on this venture into television. On one hand it's a return home to Universal where I have fond memories, and on the other it's a step into the future with great new creative partners in programming."
Tales is based on the graphic novel anthology that was masterminded by Carpenter, which brought 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. The award-winning anthology was so successful, it spawned multiple volumes.
No writer has been announced yet for the series, although the search is reportedly underway.
The partnership will also begin working on Nightside, based on the popular literary series, with Scream: The TV Series' Jill Blotevogel currently attached to write.
Considering M. Night Shyamalan's Tales from the Crypt reboot has been placed on an indefinite hiatus, there leaves a huge opening for an anthology series to swoop in and take its place. Additionally, series like American Horror Story and Wayward Pines shows a high demand for horror TV series to make a comeback.
With Syfy already being home to the upcoming TV series based on The Purge and having made last year's hit Channel Zero series, the network could soon become a dominating force in the world of horror-themed television.
The director's most recent film, The Ward, might not have dazzled audiences, but with Carpenter masterminding the overall project, he can use his influence to introduce the world to the next hot horror directors instead of attempting to recapture the elements that made so many of his films memorable.
Next year could prove to be a busy one for the filmmaker, as he's also executive producing the newest installment in the Halloween franchise, which is being written and directed by Danny McBride and David Gordon Green.