John Carpenter is bringing his award-winning graphic novel Tales for a Halloween Night to series for Syfy. The horror maestro signed an overall deal with Universal Cable Productions, which will see Carpenter executive produce scripted programming with UCP for the NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment portfolio, as well as for external networks and streaming services, alongside his producing partner, Sandy King. First up is Tales for a Halloween Night, which is already in development, and Nightside, based on the literary series by New York Times bestselling author Simon R. Green, with Jill Blotevogel (Scream tv series) set to pen the script.
Carpenter commented on the partnership,
“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.”
Check out more details on both series in the press release below.
“UCP and Carpenter are already in development on TALES OF HALLOWEEN NIGHT for SYFY. Based on Carpenter’s award-winning graphic novel anthology of stories where he brings together storytellers from the worlds of movies, novels, and comics for a collection of horror stories featuring graveyards, sunken ships, creepy crawlers and ghosts that will haunt your dreams long after you’ve finished reading. Currently, the project doesn’t have a writer attached, though a search is indeed underway.
Additionally, UCP and Carpenter are developing NIGHTSIDE, based on the literary series by New York Times bestselling author Simon R. Green, with Jill Blotevogel (SCREAM: THE TV SERIES) attached to write the script. NIGHTSIDE is the secret heart of London beating to its own rhythm, pumping lifeblood through the veins of its streets and alleys, hidden in eternal darkness where creatures of the night congregate and where the sun is afraid to shine. It’s the place to go if you’re looking to indulge the darker side of your nature—and to hell with the consequences.”