Bolstering its schedule of horror fare with edgy original offerings like Blood Drive and Channel Zero, Syfy will celebrate the spookiest of seasons with a planned anthology project by modern horror legend John Carpenter.
Tales for a Halloween Night will be adapted from Carpenter's graphic novel of the same name, which collects scary stories from writers in TV, film, novels and comics. Published in 2015, it's bursting with "tales to warm your toes by on a dark and stormy October night," infested with monsters, cemeteries, creeping creatures, phantom ships and restless spirits.
In this new development team-up with Universal Cable Productions, Carpenter and his partner, Sandy King, will conjure up original scripted material for the NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment family of media outlets, streaming services and cable stations.
Tales for a Halloween Night is one of the first of these new collaborations with the master of the macabre, and now that he has a permanent home for his dark dreams, I can't wait to see what else emerges from Carpenter's creative cauldron.
“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,” said Carpenter.
UCP and Carpenter are also diving into Nightside, taken from the atmospheric, 12-book horror series by New York Times bestselling author Simon R. Green. Jill Blotevogel (Scream: The TV Series) is signed on to write the script, but no info has been released as to where it will be aired.
Nightside is set in a Neil Gaiman-like netherworld within London, described by its private detective main character, Jim Tayor, as "a place where dreams come true and nightmares come alive. Where one can buy anything, often at the price of your soul ... or someone else's. Where the music never stops and the fun never ends"
Both of these projects sound very intriguing, and we'll be sure to keep you posted as more details and casting news arrive.
Are you excited to see what Carpenter can craft for NBCUniversal and Syfy?
(via Bloody Disgusting)