Legendary horror director John Carpenter has signed on to direct Darkchylde. Based on the comic book series created by Randy Queen, the film will follow a southern teen by the name of Ariel Chylde who per press release is “cursed to become the creatures from her many recurring nightmares.”
Carpenter and Sandy King's Storm King Productions have allied with Randy and Sarah Queen's Darkchylde Ent. to produce the film, following the release of test footage created by Richard Taylor's Academy Award Winning Weta Workshop. [The Lord of the Rings, Avatar, King Kong, The Hobbit] Carpenter says, "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."
Queen praised Carpenter's involvement, "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. 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." Carpenter’s latest effort The Ward, debuted in September at the Toronto International Film Festival. Additionally, a prequel of his 1982 classic The Thing is currently slated to hit theaters on April 29th, 2011.