John Carpenter came to chew bubble gum and develop four shows for TV

Apparently he's all out of bubble gum


It’s been a long time since John Carpenter really knocked us out with a film. Some might point to 1998’s Vampires, but I’d go even further to 1994’s In the Mouths of Madness. Then again, it’s been awhile since he’s even made a film. His last was 2010’s The Ward and that went straight to Netflix faster than you can say, “But he directed Halloween!”

That’s not to say he hasn’t been busy. Earlier this year, he and his son issued the incredible instrumental album Lost Themes, which he plans to follow up in 2016. And now, he has plans for not one, not two, not even three, but four television series. The word ambitious gets thrown around a lot, but…

“Right now, there’s four series waiting to go to network,” his wife, producer Sandy King Carpenter, told Killer POV podcast. “As far as I’m concerned, we’ll do all of them. I mean, they’re great, and they’re different from anything that’s out there, and they again push the boundaries of what’s horror.

“[John] would be directing pilots and we would be executive producing them. There’s sci-fi, there’s horror, there’s one that I guess would be [a] sci-fi-horror futuristic kind of thing. They’re all across the board. I think they’ll fulfill what people expect out of him by also being unpredictable.”

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Considering Carpenter’s best work falls into the sci-fi, horror, and sci-fi horror genres, there’s plenty of reason to start getting excited about this. Still, it’s television, which is about as murky an area as Hollywood filmmaking, so it’s probably for the best that we temper our expectations.

In related news, Carpenter recently added a couple of live shows overseas, in addition to his previously announced gig at ATP Iceland next July. He’ll now also be playing two shows around ATP’s Halloween event, Release the Bats, specifically at Manchester’s Albert Hall on October 29th and London’s The Troxy on October 31st.

I know. I know. That last gig is enough to drop everything and start booking flights for next fall. But don’t rush into anything just yet. His wife also suggested that he will likely add a couple of US dates, adding: “I have a feeling there may be other chances [to see him]. But I have a feeling I’ll also be killed if I say anything.”

To be fair, nothing can beat that Halloween show. Damn.