After a long spell in the smokey shadows, the chain smoking legend that is John Carpenter is returning to work! Sadly, this isn’t news of a new JC film. But rather his involvement in a new series called Masters of Horror for cable television.
“August 3: Mick Garris unveils MASTERS OF HORROR TV series Mick Garris has created and will produce a new one-hour anthology cable series called MASTERS OF HORROR, the filmmaker told Fango and announced Sunday night at the Fantasia film festival in Montreal, where his RIDING THE BULLET world-premiered.
MASTERS OF HORROR has gotten the green light for 13 episodes, and Garris revealed that the initial directoral lineup will include such genre greats as John Carpenter, George Romero, Guillermo del Toro, Frank Darabont, Tobe Hooper, John Landis, Joe Dante and Garris himself, as well as several others yet to be named. “The shows will be presented uncut and without commercial interruption,” Garris said. “The series is fully funded by a major cable network, foreign interest and a DVD company everyone will know. I can’t mention those names just yet.”
Production on MASTERS OF HORROR will begin in February 2005, after Garris wraps his three-hour DESPERATION telemovie for ABC. Original author Stephen King has scripted DESPERATION, which begins shooting in Arizona in September; casting is currently underway. MASTERS OF HORROR sprang from a series of informal dinners that Garris has been hosting at restaurants in the LA area for the last few years. Other participants at these shindigs who may be corralled for the new anthology program include Eli Roth, Larry Cohen, Stuart Gordon, Don Coscarelli, David Cronenberg and Lucky McKee.
Regarding BULLET, Garris added that the film will open in 10 major U.S. cities October 1. Stay tuned for release updates and see FANGORIA #236, on sale this month, for an exclusive set visit to the film. —Tony Timpone”
John Carpenter has worked in television before, most notable for directing the most popular TV movie of all time – Elvis (1979) starring his buddy Kurt Russell. Even better than that though is Someone’s Watching Me! A TV movie from 1977/8 about a telephone stalker and high rise apartments. A taut and extremely suspenseful thriller, it is very difficult to find, and you can support a release on DVD by clicking here.