John Carpenter to Direct Adaptation of John Marks' Fangland

June 4, 2010
Source: ComingSoon


Horror king John Carpenter, of classics like Halloween, The Fog, Escape from New York, The Thing, Big Trouble in Little China, They Live, looks to be attempting quite a comeback. He's in the midst of finishing a film called The Ward, that we previewed late last year, but that's not all. ComingSoon says Carpenter has been hired by Blumhouse Productions to direct an adaptation of John Marks' novel Fangland. Apparently this project has been in development for a while and even has Hilary Swank attached to star in the film as Evangeline Harker, a producer of a TV news magazine eerily similar to "60 Minutes." Sounds pretty cool.

Fangland, published in 2008, follows Evangeline, an ambitious associate producer of The Hour ("the most successful news show in American television history") who is sent on assignment to Transylvania to evaluate a possible story on Romanian reputed crime lord Ion Torgu. She ends up getting "more than a story" when mysterious e-mails, coffins, and a creepy guy descend on the New York office. "A scary twenty-first-century take on the stuff of Dracula, worthy of its rightful place among others." Sounds like perfect for Carpenter tackle and hopefully it will be a return to form. Looking forward to seeing how The Ward turns out first.

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This could go either way, based on that description. As you say, we need to see how The Ward turns out first to be sure Carpenter has rediscovered his 70's/80's mojo before getting too excited.

Mathieu on Jun 4, 2010


I am really getting sick of vampires.. and yet it IS John Carpenter... too early to speculate, I think.

Craig on Jun 5, 2010


I wish Carpenter would go back to the style and genre of movies he was making in the 80s'. Sci-fi and action. His last few have been pretty mediocre.

Geoff on Jun 6, 2010


Enough with the vampire flicks already. And that goes for you too, zombie flicks. I don't care if David Lean becomes the undead and directs it himself... enough. Well, I take that back, if undead Alec Guiness is in it, then maybe...

Pendy Sixteen on Jun 6, 2010

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