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John Carpenter wants to write the scores for the new ‘Halloween’ films

Original Halloween director and composer, John Carpenter, has confirmed his interest in scoring the two new upcoming films.

With two new pictures reportedly titled Halloween Kills and Halloween Ends, Carpenter has expressed his interest after returning to the franchise last year to provide the music for David Gordon Green’s epic Halloween.

Gordon Green’s Halloween continued to smash all Box Office records and eventually became the highest grossing slasher film of all time, making a significant return to form for a film franchise which looked to be tiring with every growing release. Green’s Halloween scooped in excess of $229.6 million (£174.54m) worldwide according to ticket receipts upon release meaning that the Blumhouse Productions film, distributed by Universal Pictures, managed to reclaim top spot with its unprecedented success. 

Following the remarkable success, Carpenter is keen to keep the good form running and, when speaking about his recent return, Carpenter said: “I loved it, It was a lot of fun,” in an interview with Comic Book. “And I’ll do the score, do a new score. That’s always fun…I’m on board. Let’s go.”

In other Carpenter-related news, the horror master has been discussing his next steps in cinema and alluded to a return to the director’s chair to “make a little horror film.”

Carpenter, who was recently honoured at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival, is responsible for classic horror films such as the original Halloween, The ThingThe Fog and many more. 

Despite having acted as executive producer, co-composer, and creative consultant on a new film in the Halloween film, Carpenter hasn’t directed his own film since the release of 2010 effort The Ward. That effort, which starred the likes of Amber Heard, Mamie Gummer and Danielle Panabaker, is set in 1966 and “chronicles a young woman who is institutionalised after setting fire to a house, and who finds herself haunted by the ghost of a former inmate at the psychiatric ward.” 

Having been given its premiere at the 2010 Toronto Film Festival, The Ward received poor reviews internationally and struggled at box office and came nowhere near close to recouping the $10 million invested in the project. 

Perhaps with that in mind, Carpenter has alluded to a change of direction with his next project, eyeing up a film with smaller ambitions: “I don’t have one scheduled but I’m working on things,” Carpenter told Collider when asked about his next project. “I made a lot of movies and I got burned out and I had to stop for a while. I have to have a life. Circumstance would have to be correct for me to do it again,” he added.

Detailing specifically what he had in mind, Carpenter added: “I’d love to make a little horror film that would be great or a big adventure film. It would be a project that I like that’s budgeted correctly. Nowadays they make these young directors do movie for $2million when the movie is written for $10 million. So you have to squeeze it all in there and I don’t want to do that anymore.”

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