John Carpenter Says He's Not Curious About Halloween 3 Posted by Jeremy Thomas on 05.09.2014
He doesn't think the franchise has much story...
John Carpenter recently spoke (via JoBlo) about a variety of topics while promoting his appearance on El Rey's El Rey Network Presents: The Director's Chair. Check out the highlights:
On the Halloween 3 and if he's curious about the new franchise: "Well, look, not really. I thought in terms of a story, Halloween didn't have much going for it. I thought there wasn't more to say about it. You start getting into backgrounds of Michael Myers, and that's not what it should be. I just thought it shouldn't be done, but in California we have this law that you can't stop people from making a profit. So I thought, okay I'll do it anyway and maybe I can make some money. So I produced and wrote the sequel and I stayed involved a while, and then I had to give it up. I don't know. I'm not curious about it, I've watched a couple of them, some of them are better than others. I have nothing else to say about it."
On his own films: "I don't watch my own movies, I can't stand it, are you kidding? Why should I do that? That's pain, man. I don't want to watch any of them, that's all behind me now, I'm living in the present, I don't want to visit the past."
On if he's open to doing TV work with the El Rey Network: "I'd be open to anything, I'm game."
On the studio wanting a different ending for The Thing: "They wanted a happy ending. Sid Sheinberg was one of the big suits, and he said, "Think about how the audience will react if we see the thing die with a giant orchestra playing." I said, "It's the end of the world, there's no way out." I said to them, "Look, if you want to feel better, preview the movie and cut the last scene out and end the film where the thing blows up, don't have the last scene with the two men." And it didn't test any different. So I said, "No, we're going to keep the ending." My mistake, huh?"
On writing and directing films: "Writing and directing… it's too hard. I don't want to work that hard. I want to just direct. Let other people write it. When I get a script, I can make it into my own, but writing is actual work. You guys actually write for a living, I don't understand how you do it."
On the current horror genre: "I do watch horror films, occasionally. I've always loved movies that push the boundaries of something. There was a movie from a few years ago, Let the Right One In, I thought that was really good because it was a new voice of the vampire tale. Frankly, last year I loved World War Z, I thought that was kick-ass, I loved it. And I'm really looking forward to Godzilla. A lot of them are pretty rough, I've seen a lot of it before. I like people who try new things."
On which video game would he like to adapt into a feature: "Dead Space. I think I could do something good, I think I could make a scary movie out of it."