John Carpenter Adapting Horror Comic Book Series 'Darkchylde'
by Ethan Anderton
November 1, 2010
After dominating the horror genre back in the day with such classics as Halloween, The Thing and The Fog, director John Carpenter will next venture into comic books as a press release announced over the weekend that the filmmaker is set to adapt the 90's comic book series Darkchylde. Randy Queen's beloved comic follows a good-hearted southern teen Ariel Chylde who is cursed to become the creatures from her many recurring nightmares. Every time she transforms, the girl sheds her skin and a new nightmare emerges from her Id to act out her deepest, darkest impulses. Check out a promo image and some WETA test footage for the film below!
Here's the first promotional image for the film that was coupled with the press release:
Carpenter says, “Randy Queen’s hijacked angel, Ariel Chylde, is the best young female character since Laurie Strode in Halloween. Bringing Ariel and her dark mysteries to life should be quite an adventure for us all.” Spawning toys, trading cards, apparel, lunch boxes, and more, the comic book series was a breakout sensation of the late 90’s and early 2000’s and even went on to outsell Spider-Man, Superman, and Batman in both domestic and foreign audiences. If Carpenter's involvement isn't enough, perhaps collaboration with Richard Taylor's acclaimed Weta Workshop will entice you. Taylor recently released some test footage for the film (the slightly NSFW video is embedded below) and it gives us an interesting idea of where this film is headed.
Richard Taylor's test footage for Darkchylde from Weta Workshop:
While the comic book series never really interested me, the style and look of Weta's work is certainly intriguing. Of course, the casting of Ariel Chylde will be integral to the success of the film, and I wouldn't be surprised if Carpenter goes out of his way to land an unknown talent to lead the film. Aside from the talent, the prospect of Carpenter working with Weta Workshop is certainly a great selling point. What do you guys think?