John Carpenter returns! Horror icon to direct TV pilot based on his Tales for a Halloween Night anthology

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Oct 26, 2017, 12:36 PM EDT

The thing about John Carpenter lately is that he just doesn't like getting up in the morning, hence his seven-year layoff from filmmaking.

But when it comes to Halloween (as Dr. Loomis well knew), you just can't keep the legendary director down.

Horror fans will be excited to hear that Carpenter — the brains behind such iconic flicks as The Thing, Escape from New York, They Live, and, of course, Halloween  — is coming out of retirement to direct a TV pilot based on his 2015 comic book anthology series Tales for a Halloween Night for SYFY.

The news was first revealed by his producer and wife, Sandy King, who in an interview with Rue Morgue noted the filmmaker would set the tone of the show before handing off directing reins to others.

"He would direct the pilot, at least," said King. "And then we'll hopefully bring on some great horror directors — and just great directors — so that it'll be a high-end show. We want anything that has our brand associated with it to be a satisfying experience for readers, watchers, whatever we're doing."

The last film the 69-year-old Carpenter helmed was 2010's The Ward, which was critically maligned and fared poorly at the box office.

Since then, the Master of Horror, who's also known for composing his own spooky synth scores has opted to while away the time releasing original music in the form of his three Lost Themes albums and cashing checks from studios who can't seem to stop churning out lame remakes and "reimaginings" of some of his greatest hits (see 2005's The Fog, 2007's Halloween, and 2011's The Thing prequel).

John Carpenter

But that's never bothered Carpenter, who told The Guardian earlier this month in his usual gruff style, "If they pay me, it's wonderful."

But he hasn't been entirely away from the film scene.

Carpenter did recently get behind the camera for a music video, the theme for "Christine," as part of John Carpenter's Anthology: Movie Themes 1974-1998. And he's also set to executive-produce a new frightening take on Halloween from filmmaker David Gordon Green that will reunite him with original star Jamie Lee Curtis.