John Carpenter’s Tales for a Halloween Night Is Dead

John Carpenter's Tales for a Halloween Night title

A Nightmare Before the Release Date

I’m in fright to inform all my horror fans out there, but the much-anticipated adaptation of John Carpenter’s Tales for a Halloween Night is no longer in development for SYFY. I know, it sucks. If I’m being honest I am terrified of horror movies, but love me some horror television. No idea why, but yeah, this really bums me out!

In an article by Patrick Cavanaugh, Sandy King, of Storm King Productions, has confirmed the news to

Sandy King (L) and John Carpenter (R) image via Twitter © Dan Santoni
Sandy King (L) and John Carpenter (R) image via Twitter © Dan Santoni

She stated:

“We had one [project] where SYFY wanted Tales for a Halloween Night but it quickly became evident that they just wanted the title. And I really saw a disaster on the horizon. So I went, ‘No, no, no. This is not a good idea.’ It was a green lit series but if it’s not gonna be something cool for the fans and for the eventual audience, then I don’t think it’s a good idea to do it.”

She went on to add:

“I think we have a pretty good idea what our fans want to see and we definitely have a pretty good idea what should come out from. If somebody’s a fan of that anthology, there should be a character to any show that comes out of it…it shouldn’t be just barfing up the books. It should be something that . . . in some way meets the expectations or why are we giving it that title? Call it ‘Bozo Goes To Mars’ or something else.”

What’s Next for John Carpenter Adaptations?

With obvious disappointment over this news, King went on to say there is potential for them to work on another project that would truly represent the horror fans:

“It’s all cool. We can do another series but I think if you use that title, you should in some way meet those expectations. So we’ll see. It doesn’t mean something can’t be done but at its core, the people we work with have to respect horror fans and respect the genre. That’s the core of it. Not just respect the fact that horror right now makes money.”

Sound Off

Are you bummed that we won’t be seeing some delightful horror from John Carpenter’s Tales for a Halloween Night? What other horror projects would you like to see be adapted for television? Am I the only one who covers his eyes anytime someone is about to die? Let me know in the comments below!

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