Although John Carpenter is currently making the publicity rounds for the upcoming sequel to his classic Halloween, the master horror/sci-fi filmmaker and composer has just teased another potentially fascinating project.
Speaking with Consequence of Sound about Halloween and other projects, Carpenter was asked for his thoughts on the new(ish) horror streaming service Shudder. He responded with this startling bit of info:
“We’re talking to them about doing a theme. And maybe doing a show for them. What would you think about Prince of Darkness as a TV show?”
Prince of Darkness, written and directed by Carpenter in 1987, follows a group of students and professors who are asked by a priest (Donald Pleasence) to study a strange container locked away in the basement of an abandoned church — a receptacle that may contain Satan himself, who is ready to emerge and wreak havoc upon the world.
The movie was a box office failure upon its release but has grown in stature over the years to become one of the director's most acclaimed films among fans. The eerie sci-fi/horror hybrid has also been cited by Carpenter as part of his loose "apocalypse trilogy," which also includes 1982's The Thing and 1995's In the Mouth of Madness.
When pressed further about the Prince of Darkness TV idea, however, Carpenter backed away a bit: "Well, maybe. Maybe not. I don’t know... I’m not going to tell you. I’m not going to tell you.” (He also didn't get into any more details about the "theme" he was discussing with the service).
How the premise of Prince of Darkness would translate to TV is a good question. Is Carpenter talking about a remake, or an ongoing series? Based on his remarks, any such project seems to only be in the earliest stages of development.
Shudder, which was launched in 2015 by AMC, started out with a library of on-demand horror movies but — like every other streaming service out there — is getting itself into the original content game. Among its projects in the works are the mysterious Riprore from Patty Jenkins, an original short form series called Deadwax, and, most notably, an anthology series from The Walking Dead executive producer and makeup wizard Greg Nicotero based on the classic Stephen King/George A. Romero movie Creepshow.
Meanwhile, Carpenter is still out doing promotion for Halloween — which arrives next month from director David Gordon Green and returning franchise icon Jamie Lee Curtis — so he may yet drop a few more teases about this Prince of Darkness show.