Horror Legend John Carpenter Commits Amber Heard To 'The Ward'

Amber HeardWith remakes of his films being announced on a weekly basis, it's pretty cool to see John Carpenter back in the directing game. According to ShockTillYouDrop.com, Carpenter is set to direct "The Ward" for Echo Lake, and has already cast his damsel in distress -- Amber Heard of "All the Boys Love Mandy Lane."

Heard will play a young woman who somehow becomes trapped in a mental institution. As if that wasn't bad enough, it's haunted by a malevolent ghost, who is a darker entity than she could have ever imagined.

Carpenter sounds thrilled to be back in the game. "'The Ward' is the kind of script that I've been looking for: a complex, visceral story, full of suspense and scares. I am especially pleased to be working with Amber because I know she will create a powerful central performance." Considering how many careers he's boosted over his scare filled years, I think Heard is in good hands -- well, if being chased by a malevolent ghost is considered to be lucky.

This is Carpenter's first feature film since "Ghosts of Mars" in 2001. It would be nice to see him make a comeback -- or if he's going to retire for good, to go out on a high note that will give us nightmares for decades.

MTV readers, are you up for a new film from John Carpenter? Interested in seeing Amber Heard terrorized? Or do you prefer the Carpenter remakes instead?