Horror legend John Carpenter has inked a new deal with Universal Cable Productions (UCP) to executive produce new scripted programming for NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment. According to Variety, Carpenter and UCP are already in production on Tales for a Halloween Night, an adaptation of Carpenter's graphic novel anthology for Syfy. They are still looking for a writer for the adaptation.
They are also working together on adapting the Nightside novel series by Simon R. Green with Jill Blotevogel (Scream) attached to write. Carpenter, along with his producing partner Sandy King, will produce under their Storm King production banner.
Carpenter said of the deal:
"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."
Dawn Olmstead, executive vice-president of development at UCP, said:
"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."
Carpenter made his mark in horror with the film Halloween, and then followed it with well-loved projects like Escape from New York, The Thing, They Live and Big Trouble in Little China.