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John Carpenter developing TV show for Syfy

Legendary filmmaker working on Tales for a Halloween Night

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Legendary director John Carpenter has a new, overall development deal with Universal Cable Productions, it was announced today. Under the deal, Carpenter will executive produce scripted programming with UCP for the NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment portfolio, as well as for external networks and streaming services, along with his producing partner, Sandy King, under their Storm King Productions banner.

UCP and Carpenter are already in development on Tales for a Halloween Night for Syfy, which is based on Carpenter’s graphic novel anthology of stories. A search for a writer is underway. Additionally, UCP and Carpenter are developing Nightside, based on the series of novels by Simon R. Green, about a hidden netherworld of London. Jill Blotevogel (Scream: The TV Series) is attached to write the script. 

“John Carpenter is an incredible creator whose dark imagination has left an indelible mark in film and in our dreams,” said Dawn Olmstead, executive vice president of development at UCP, in a statement. “We are thrilled to have a master of the horror genre join UCP.”

“I’m excited to partner with Universal Cable Productions on this venture into television,” said Carpenter. “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.”

Carpenter’s films include Halloween, The Thing, Prince of Darkness, and Escape From New York.