Trailer for John Carpenter’s upcoming film The Ward. Early reviews suggest this isn’t a return to form for the horror icon. But reviewers have been wrong in the past.
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According to The Hollywood Reporter, Breck Eisner (son of Michael and directer or the recent remake The Crazies) has become attached to New Line’s remake of the John Carpenter classic Escape From New York.
Eisner will stick with the script by Jonathan Mostow (Surrogates) and Allan Loeb (“The Beast”) developed for Len Wiseman.
No news yet on casting or when this project might begin shooting.
This news is sure to reignite geek flaming of the project.
This week, John Carpenter began directing his first film since 2001′s Ghosts of Mars. The film, entitled The Ward, takes place in a mental hospital where one of the inmates in haunted by a ghost. The film stars Amber Heard and Danielle Panabaker. Shooting had been delayed since March.
Horror fans have been displeased with Carpenter’s last few efforts. But everyone’s pleased to have Carpenter helming a new project.
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In news that is sure to send horror geeks reeling, Nomad of Dread Central is reporting that “effects genius Wayne Toth, producer Andy Gould, and even Malek Akkad himself have all confirmed that Michael Myers will spend “a great portion” of the sequel unmasked. “
The mask, originally an altered Captain Kirk mask, is one of the iconic parts of Halloween. Its odd blank expression has been unnerving horror fans for decades.
Holding off its use for a large portion of the film is certainly a new spin on the series formula. And could be a smart move on Rob Zombie’s part. But it could also just reflect Zombie’s lack of understanding of the source material.
We’re sure fan opinions will be split. What do you think?