The Blumhouse team is already beyond thrilled to be involved in the return of genre legend John Carpenter to the HALLOWEEN film franchise, but today fans of the beloved filmmaker, author and musician have even more cause for celebration. It’s just been announced that Carpenter will also be returning to horror-themed television — for the first time since Starz series MASTERS OF HORROR (for which he directed the episodes “Cigarette Burns” and “Pro-Life”), over a decade ago.
Variety announced this morning that Carpenter and Storm King Productions (co-founded with his wife, acclaimed writer-producer Sandy King) has signed a deal with Universal Cable Productions (UCP) to serve as Executive Producer on a slate of television projects.
One of which, an adaptation of Carpenter’s award-winning graphic novel anthology TALES FOR A HALLOWEEN NIGHT, is already in development, and is slated to air on SyFy.
Like the comics [which Rob Galluzzo covered in this article], this series will bring together “storytellers from the worlds of movies, novels, and comics for a collection of horror stories featuring graveyards, sunken ships, and all the things that go bump in the night.”
Also in development with UCP and Storm King is NIGHTSIDE, based on a series of London-based horror novels by bestselling author Simon R. Green. Jill Blotevogel, co-creator of the SCREAM television series, is onboard as writer.
“I’m excited to partner with Universal Cable Productions on this venture into television,” Carpenter said in a press statement. “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.”