Legendary director John Carpenter appears ready to take on the ever-expanding podcasting universe. According to an exclusive report from The Hollywood Reporter, the horror genius behind Halloween, Escape From New York, The Thing and numerous other classics, has signed a deal with digital platform and publisher Serial Box to produce audio horror stories and exclusive podcasts under the banner John Carpenter Presents. Other than the clever nod to Hitchcock, details about the exact content and presentation of the shows have not yet been released.
The master of horror will collaborate on this project with partner and president of Storm King Productions, Sandy King. Carpenter and King have been married since 1990, and have teamed together on his various other films such as In The Mouth of Madness and Ghosts of Mars. The timing of this deal is fortuitous for Mr. Carpenter, as the “final” installments of the latest legacy sequels to his iconic film Halloween (titled Halloween Kills and Halloween Ends) are due to be released beginning later this year. While not on set during filming of these latest sequels, Carpenter is still involved as executive producer and co-composer marking his first direct involvement with the franchise since 1982’s Halloween III: Season of the Witch. This will be his first venture into the horror audio space as well, not including his hauntingly brilliant original score for 1978’s Halloween.
Serial Box, a platform released in 2015 by Julian Yap and Molly Barton, boasts 25 original series currently available to the masses. The company’s longest running show, Max Gladstone’s Bookburners, just completed its fifth season of production. Of course, the signing of Carpenter and King mark the most prolific agreement executed by Serial Box thus far. Reportedly the terms of the agreement are for five original series a year over two years, with Serial Box head of content Hayley Wagreich partnering with them on the projects.
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