John Carpenter directing new horror series Suburban Screams

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John Carpenter has returned to the director’s chair with television series Suburban Screams, and he’s also teased a sequel to The Thing.
As iconic horror directors go, few can beat the track record of John Carpenter. Revitalising the genre with Halloween, going on to direct Escape From New York and The Thing, not forgetting what must be one of the longest fight scenes ever committed to film in They Live. Everyone has a favourite Carpenter, right?
Still, Carpenter hasn’t directed a feature film since The Ward in 2010, and since then has directed only a couple of music videos.
However, in keeping with this modern world in which we live, Carpenter directed the new series remotely, sitting on his sofa at home.
He told Indiewire that “I just finished directing, remotely, a TV series called Suburban ScreamsJohn Carpenter’s Suburban Screams'” Carpenter said. “It was filmed in Prague, and I sat on my couch and directed it. It was awesome.”

During the chat, he also teased a sequel to The Thing, but said he was “sworn to secrecy”.

Carpenter’s 1982 film was notoriously a critical and commercial failure upon release, but in the intervening years it has come to be regarded as one of the greatest sci-fi horror films ever made. An underrated prequel, also called The Thing, was released in 2011.

Carpenter previously directed episodes of anthology series Masters of Horror, and although no other details have been revealed about the new show, it seems to tread similar ground.
More on these projects as we hear it…
Image: Nathan Hartley Maas, CC BY-SA 3.0

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