John Carpenter to Direct Darkchylde Movie

November 1, 2010  |  5:00pm

The legendary director behind Halloween and The Thing has announced that his latest project will be an adaptation of Randy Queen’s Darkchylde comics.

Darkchylde follows the story of Ariel Chylde, a Southern teen who is cursed to turn into the creatures from her recurring nightmares. Carpenter sounds eager to develop the character, writing in a statement, “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.”

The admiration is mutual; Queen heaped some high praise onto Carpenter as well. “I’m beyond thrilled that John Carpenter, one of our most important and legendary genre directors, and the man responsible for such landmark films as The Thing and Halloween has come onboard with Weta Workshop to help bring the nightmarish tale of Ariel Chylde to the silver screen,” he said. “As a horror fan, the thought of Carpenter and Weta together, beautiful dreamscapes, and multiple transformations, makes me incredibly excited. There is a reason nearly his entire catalogue has, or is being remade, and it’s because Carpenter is a genius.”

Weta Workshop will be handling the flick’s special effects. You can check out some test footage and a look behind the scenes of the movie here.

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