The Return Of John Carpenter


image courtesy of Comixology app

Though truth be told he was never really gone.

John Carpenter, director of influential genre classics like Halloween, Escape From New YorkIn 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.

That honor would be bestowed upon DarkChylde, which  was an Image comic by Randy Queen in 1996.

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.


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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.

Are Universal & Legendary Preparing A Movie Based On Marvel’s Namor The Submariner?

Welcome To The Rumor Mill, where I occasionally take a closer look at a rumor winding its way through the Interwebs to see if there’s any fire to accompany all the smoke.

A few days ago, I wrote a piece, Is Sony Mismanaging The Spider-Man Franchise, as part of the My Two Cents column.  In that particular article I spent some time clarifying the history of Marvel Studios as well as taking a look at Sony’s Spider-Man movies (those by Sam Raimi as well as Marc Webb).

I also mentioned that Universal has the license to Namor The Submariner (they had the Hulk as well, though due to its sub-par box office performance they let the rights revert back to Marvel) though Matt McGloin at Cosmicbooknews takes things a bit further by promoting the idea that Universal is working on Namor with Legendary Pictures (fresh off their somewhat acrimonious breakup with Warner Bros).

The evidence McGloin sites is that Thomas Tull, the head of Legendary, had worked on numerous superhero films when his company partnered with Warner Bros.  While that’s true–Legendary and Warner Bros produced Christopher Nolan’s three Batman films (Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises)–that doesn’t mean that he’s working on Namor.

Cosmicbooknews also informs us that “…Universal and Legendary announced a mystery tentpole movie for November 4th, 2016.”

Other sites have confirmed that as well, but there’s no mention of Namor.  So where did Cosmicbooknews get that bit of information from?

I suspect that Latino-Review lies at the epicenter of this particular rumor, and while their position, and the evidence they use to support it, is interesting, it’s so circumstantial that it’s also more wishful thinking than anything else.

Verdict:  It’s entirely possible–and in fact very likely, if only based upon the popularity of Marvel superheroes–that there that there will be a movie based on Namor in the near future, though there’s nothing that says that it’s coming November 4th, 2016.  Until I can locate more supporting evidence, I have to say that this rumor lacks smoke, never mind fire. 

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