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John Carpenter developing Nightshade and Tales For A Halloween Night for television

John Carpenter, the legendary director of iconic horror movies like Halloween, is developing two new shows for television. The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed that Carpenter has signed a deal to develop both shows with Universal Cable Productions.

First up is Nightshade, based on the best-selling book series by author Simon R. Green. Nightshade is a secret heart of London hidden in eternal darkness, where creatures of the night congregate and where the sun is afraid to shine. Jill Blotevogel will be writing the script, while Carpenter will executive produce.

While no network has been attached to Nightshade yet, Syfy has teamed up to work on Tales for a Halloween Night, based on Carpenter's award-winning graphic novel anthology of stories. No writer has yet been attached but here's the synopsis for the graphic novel, which gives you an idea of what to expect...

"From John Carpenter, the man who brought you the cult classic horror film Halloween and all of the scares beyond comes the ultimate graphic novel anthology of tales to warm your toes by on a dark and stormy October night! Carpenter brings together storytellers from the worlds of movies, novels and comics for a collection of tales featuring graveyards, sunken ships, creepy crawlers and ghosts to haunt your dreams at night!"


On the deal, Carpenter made the following statement...

"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."


Universal Cable Productions executive VPdevelopment Dawn Olmstead added:

"John Carpenter is an incredible creator whose dark imagination has left an indelible mark in film and in our dreams. We are thrilled to have a master of the horror genre join UCP."


It is not known yet whether Carpenter will be on hand to direct the shows. More news as we have it.