From the mid-’70s through the ‘80s, John Carpenter made some of the most iconic genre movies out there. The Thing, The Fog, Halloween, Big Trouble in Little China. Starman! But it's been almost a decade since he's helmed a film. With his most famous franchise back in the spotlight thanks to a relatively well-received remake, Carpenter too is back to tease horror fans with the prospect of more synth-scored goodness.
According to an interview with EW, the iconic director/composer isn’t retired at all -- which film music fans have known this whole time, as he continues to write and perform -- he’s just looking to take it a little bit easier than in his younger days (and maybe bring some strangeness to the tropics).
“I would love to direct something,” Carpenter said, "if it’s the right thing to do at my age.” But the septuagenarian insists that he’s going to draw some lines — after all, he’s earned it. “I’m not going to make another Thing, I’ll tell you that. I’m not going to the Arctic again. I’m not going to do that. I want to take it easy. I want to enjoy myself!” The frigid Thing is one of his most beloved films, but nothing about the ice-flecked beards in the film screams “fun.” And that’s what Carpenter is after.
That means a little strangeness, sure, but it also means finding a place that fits his narrative and personal needs. Why not have a working vacation as part of your career resurgence? “I’ve wanted to do something in Europe, and I’ve wanted to do something in Venice. I haven’t gotten a story for it, though. What a place! What a strange place! And Venice is sinking! Wow.” If anyone could pull The Poseidon Adventure or Titanic on an entire city, it’d be Carpenter. But Carpenter’s also got other hobbies on his mind.
“There are two important things in my life, though. Basketball, when the season starts, and video games,” Carpenter said. “And to play video games you have to sit in a chair and not really get up and do anything. I love that. That’s my job now, to sit around and do nothing!” We’ll be here waiting for the John Carpenter VR experience, whenever he’s ready to put it out. Especially if it involves sci-fi basketball. Did someone say Space Jam 2?