For the past month, I’ve been revisiting the filmography of John Carpenter, a filmmaker of extraordinary range and skill who spent a few decades churning out one masterpiece after another. And then, as luck would have it, Carpenter (who has all but retired) started entering the news again. First, Guillermo del Toro paid tribute to him with a brilliant string of tweets. Then, Blumhouse acquired the rights to make a new Halloween movie and brought Carpenter on board as an executive producer. My personal project was suddenly relevant!
Then again, John Carpenter is always relevant as long as you want to talk about one of the most fascinating and entertaining filmmakers of the past forty years. Because I needed an excuse to write about his movies (and because this is the internet), I ranked all 18 of Carpenter’s theatrically released films, which was actually a tricky progress. Even his weaker movies tend to be interesting and his best movies are so good that they defy comparison.
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John Carpenter directed Starman while he was in the middle of one of the greatest runs in the history of Hollywood. Over the course of one decade, the director of Halloween spread his wings and made bonafide masterpieces like Escape From New York, The Thing, They Live, and Big Trouble in Little China. He made effective chillers like Christine, The Fog, and Prince of Darkness. And he also made a stirring, heartfelt, and achingly romantic science fiction adventure starring Jeff Bridges and Karen Allen. Starman isn’t the first film you talk about when you discuss Carpenter’s work, but it is one of his finest films.
It’s not surprising that Starman is officially getting a remake (every single movie will eventually get remade), but it’s disappointing that the director of three(!) Night at the Museum movies has landed the job.
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UPDATE: Well, I’m told that ‘reportedly’ should be downgraded to ‘not.’ In other words, a good source says this isn’t happening. Sorry to dash your hopes. Mine are kinda dashed, too. Original article follows.
This is a comic book adaptation I can really get behind. As DC Comics starts to get more films in development at Warner Bros., attention is being paid to some of the less obvious titles. One of those is reportedly Starman. (And no, it isn’t based on the John Carpenter movie.)
While Starman is a character with a long history at DC — there have been several incarnations — the version I’d expect the film to focus on would be Jack Knight, the son of the original version of the character, and the core of an award-winning series written by James Robinson from 1994 to 2001. Read More »