Blumhouse turned down new John Carpenter project

News Simon Brew 12 May 2014 - 07:02
John Carpenter.

John Carpenter has had a new film project turned down by Blumhouse Productions...

It's been a few years now since the mighty John Carpenter directed his last movie, The Ward. The film wasn't a bad one, although even the most ardent Carpenter fan would concede it's some way from his peak. Still, we'd like more John Carpenter films, even if there doesn't appear to be a new one on the way at the minute.

Carpenter himself has been chatting to Fangoria, ahead of being interviewed by Robert Rodriguez for an episode of The Director's Chair on the El Rey network in the US. When questioned as to whether he would be interested in working with companies that give film-makers freedom in exchange for low budgets, Carpenter revealed he had gone down that route. "There's two writers that I'm friends with and we pitched a project to Blumhouse, and they turned us down. So I guess I won't be working with them".

Blumhouse is the company that spends up to $5m on pictures such as Paranormal Activity, The Purge, Insidious and such like. And whilst its model means it invests in films that don't get a full release, or end up in limbo - such as Joe Carananah's Stretch - it has built up off the back of impressive horror. It's just a shame that it's not going to - for whatever reason - back one of the masters of the genre.

Fangoria.

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