John Carpenter has seen two of his most classic horror works receive the remake treatment in recent years with Rob Zombie's “Halloween” films and the forthcoming prequel to “The Thing.” But the acclaimed filmmaker is turning the tables by adapting someone else’s material for the big screen now — namely, Randy Queen’s “Darkchylde.”
Carpenter and Queen have announced the director’s involvement in the “Darkchylde” adaptation by way of a press release. Created by Queen in the 1990s, “Darkchylde” tells the story of Ariel Chylde, described as “a good hearted southern teen cursed to become the creatures from her many recurring nightmares. Every time Ariel Chylde transforms, she sheds her skin and a new nightmare emerges from her Id to act out her deepest, darkest impulses.”
“Randy Queen’s hijacked angel, Ariel Chylde, is the best young female character since Laurie Strode in ‘Halloween,’” Carpenter said of the news in a statement. “Bringing Ariel and her dark mysteries to life should be quite an adventure for us all.”
“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,” said Queen. “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, the effects house responsible for Peter Jackson’s “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy, will handle the effects on “Darkchylde.” Test footage of the company’s work on the film is already online, showcasing the story’s heroine transforming into a nightmarish creature.
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