John Carpenter’s ‘Tales for a Halloween Night’ Dead at Syfy

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The man, the myth, the legend, John Carpenter. You know, you love him, and you respect the hell out of him. Those who don’t can get the hell off this website. Just kidding. Still, it’s hard to imagine anyone outright hating his entire filmography.

While it’s been nearly a decade since Carpenter directed a feature film – 2010’s The Ward, which definitely wasn’t his best work – he remains active as a composer, writer, and producer. Just last year, he produced Blumhouse’s massive hit Halloween sequel.

In 2017, Carpenter and his producing partner Sandy King announced that they would be working with Syfy on a new anthology TV series based on Carpenter’s Tales for a Halloween Night graphic novels. Carpenter even teased that he’d direct the pilot.

Little has been heard about that project since, and it turns out there’s a good reason for that. King recently told that the Tales for a Halloween Night series has been scrapped, from the sounds of it due to creative differences with Syfy.

“We had one [project] where 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. So I went, ‘No, no, no. This is not a good idea.’ It was a greenlit series but if it’s not gonna be something cool for the fans and for the eventual audience, then I don’t think it’s a good idea to do it.”

King went on to expound a bit on her and Carpenter’s reasoning for backing out, and it really sounds like Syfy just wanted the eye-catching title and concept, and sadly wasn’t interested in working with Carpenter to capture the tone and style of his work.

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