Legendary horror director John Carpenter has inked an overall deal with Universal Cable Productions, the company announced on Thursday.
The filmmaker behind “Halloween” and “The Thing” will executive produce scripted programming with UCP for the NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment slate, as well as for external networks and streaming services.
UCP and Carpenter are already developing “Tales for a Halloween Night” for Syfy. The project, which is currently seeking a writer, is based on his graphic novel anthology of stories that unites a variety of accomplished storytellers for horror stories featuring graveyards, ghosts and abandoned ships.
The “Escape From New York” director is also working with UCP to develop “Nightside,” based on Simon R. Green’s book series. Jill Blotevogel (MTV’s “Scream”) is writing the script for the show that will focus on London’s darkest creatures.
“John Carpenter is an incredible creator whose dark imagination has left an indelible mark in film and in our dreams,” said UCP executive vice president of development Dawn Olmstead. “We are thrilled to have a master of the horror genre join UCP.”
Carpenter and producing partner Sandy King will create the projects under their Storm King Productions banner.
Carpenter and King are represented by APA and Stankevich Law, Inc. Jill Blotevogel is represented by APA and McKuin Frankel Whitehead LLP. Simon Green is represented by APA and JABberwocky Literary Agency.