Like an inimitable slasher that never seems to die, the development of a television adaptation of John Carpenter’s graphic novel anthology Tales for a Halloween Night has been resurrected following its “death” earlier this year at SYFY. Talking with this week, Carpenter was asked if the television project was indeed lifeless, to which he replied, “Oh no, it’s alive at Paramount now.”

Creative development collapses are common occurrences, and in some cases, the setbacks can prove to be the best thing that can happen to a project. Co-founder of Storm King Comics (with Carpenter), Sandy King explained the reason for the previous fallout to when she said “SYFY wanted Tales for a Halloween Night but it quickly became evident that they just wanted the title. And I really saw a disaster on the horizon.” King elaborated, “At its core, the people we work with have to respect horror fans and respect the genre. That’s the core of it. Not just respect the fact that horror right now makes money.”


Details beyond the announcement are scarce, including how involved Carpenter will be in the production—specifically if he will direct any of the installments. Though Carpenter remains active composing film scores, such as the recently announced scores for the upcoming Blumhouse Halloween sequels, he hasn’t written and directed a feature film in nearly a decade or an episode of television in over thirteen years. While the defunct deal with SYFY had Carpenter down to direct the pilot, the development deal with Paramount is still too much in the early stages to lock down such details. For now, news that development is once again moving forward on such an exciting project is excitement enough.

The official synopsis for Tales for a Halloween Night:

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!

More details to come as development continues. Until then, you might want to check out the available volumes of Tales for a Halloween Night graphic novels on Amazon and ComiXology. Discuss John Carpenter’s new project and your favorite Halloween tales with the Nightmare on Film Street Community on Twitter, Reddit, or The Horror Movie Fiend Club on Facebook!


John Carpenter’s TALES FOR A HALLOWEEN NIGHT Taking Shape Again at Paramount