John Carpenter

John Carpenter has been the master of the big-screen films of horror and suspense for decades – and now he’s bringing his talents to TV in a new deal that will see him in charge of several new shows.

Carpenter, the mastermind behind such films as ‘The Thing,’ ‘Halloween,’ and ‘Escape From New York,’ among others, has signed a deal to work with Universal Cable Productions, specifically with their division of NBCUniversal, per reports.  He will primarily serve as a producer of the new shows, but with such extensive directing and writing experience, it may only be a matter of time before he decides to dive back into those particular arenas as well.

First up for Carpenter and UCP will be the series ‘Tales for a Halloween Night,’ which is already in development for release on the Syfy network.  The series will be based on the graphic novel anthology that Carpenter wrote, and the creative team is currently seeking an additional writer to help with the transition of the tales to the televised medium.  Another show currently in the works is ‘Nightside,’ which will be based on the novel series written by Simon R. Green.

In a statement, Executive Vice-President of Development for UCP Dawn Olmstead said:

“John Carpenter is an incredible creator whose dark imagination has left an indelible mark in film and in our dreams.  We are thrilled to have a master of the horror genre join UCP.”

Carpenter, in the same statement, also chimed in:

“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.”

We’ll have more info about these and other series from this deal, as the situations develop!