Though truth be told he was never really gone.
John Carpenter, director of influential genre classics like Halloween, Escape From New York, In The Mouth Of Madness, They Live, StarMan, Big Trouble In Little China (perhaps his most underappreicated movie), among many others has been absent from theaters since 2010’s The Ward (an interesting movie despite thematic similarities to James Mangold’s superior 2003 film, Identity) may be on the edge of a comeback.
Though not for the reasons I at first thought.
Let me start at the beginning. Today I was reading some comics on Comixology when I noticed John Carpenter’s Asylum. I don’t recall ordering it, though they occasionally have ‘Free Comics Days’ so I assumed that I picked it up then.
It’s written by Carpenter, Thomas Ian Griffith (who played in ‘Jan Valek’ in John Carpenter’s Vampires) and Sandy King (Carpenter’s wife and producer) and drawn by the inestimable Leonardo Manco.
By the way, speaking of Leonardo Manco, if you haven’t read Marvel’s 1994 comic Hellstorm–which lasted 21 issues–you should find a copy because Manco’s art is remarkable.
I was thinking that ‘Asylum’ would be Carpenter’s entry back into features, which is apparently not the case.
King said that they have been working on the project for over two years, and that WETA Digital is creating the monsters. You may not be aware of WETA, but if you’ve seen any of the movies based upon J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings novels (and many others), then you have seen their special effects work.
Though the best thing, according to Sandy King, is that not only is John Carpenter working on DarkChylde, but he’s also preparing a new horror-themed series, John Carpenter’s Hell Gate.