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John Carpenter on being approached for “Spider-Man” and “Batman,” his thoughts on “The Thing” prequel, and an update on “Darkchylde”

John Carpenter on being approached for “Spider-Man” and “Batman,” his thoughts on “The Thing” prequel, and an update on “Darkchylde” (photo)

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On Friday, we kicked off the Halloween weekend by talking to director John Carpenter about his new comic book, John Carpenter’s Asylum. The veteran filmmaker spoke at length about the horror tale he co-created with his wife, Sandy King, and actor Thomas Ian Griffith, but that wasn’t all we discussed during our chat with the “Halloween” and “The Thing” director.

Given the comic’s debut at Long Beach Comic Con over the weekend, we had to ask whether this meant Carpenter was warming up to the idea of directing a comic book movie.

“Well, I’ve thought about it before,” Carpenter told IFC. “Way back in the ’70s, I was approached to talk about the story I’d write for a Spider-Man movie. They also talked to me about Batman. I had to think about it, but that was way, way back when.”

“I’ve gone through various periods with superheroes,” he explained. “They work in the right hands, but they don’t work in other hands. It’s tricky. But any movie is tricky. It’s impossible to say, ‘This is what you do in any situation.’ So yes, I’ve thought about it and I’m not opposed to it.”

And while he wouldn’t commit to the idea, he technically has a comic book movie works already. A year ago today it was announced that Carpenter would direct a movie based on Darkchylde, Randy Queen’s dark comic about a teenage girl cursed to transform into the terrifying creatures from her nightmares.

Given the Halloween anniversary of his attachment to the project, Carpenter was happy to offer an update on the film.

“We’re still developing it, and we’re still trying to get it set up,” he said. “We’re trying to raise money and find the right home for it, which is the biggest thing you have to do. You don’t want some place that doesn’t understand it.”

“It’s a very creative and very dark comic, and I love it,” he continued. “I got to know the Queens very well and I really dig them. So we’re nurturing that along.”

Of course, we also had to ask Carpenter for his thoughts on the recently released pseudo-prequel to “The Thing,” one of Carpenter’s most famous films. Directed by Matthijs van Heijningen Jr., the 2011 prequel to Carpenter’s 1982 classic opened October 14 but fell short of the studio’s box-office expectations.

“I haven’t seen it yet,” admitted Carpenter. “I’ve heard different things from different people, though. . . But you know what? I wish them well. I’ll find out for myself when the Academy sends me all the movies at the end of the year to review.”

Would you like to see Carpenter’s take on a superhero-style comic book movie? What about “Darkchylde”? Chime in below or on Facebook or Twitter.

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Rev Up

Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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It’s the final countdown to Christmas and thanks to IFC’s movie marathon all Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, you can revel in classic ’80s films AND find inspiration for your last-minute gifts. Here are our recommendations, if you need a head start:

Musical Instrument

Great analog entertainment substitute when you refuse to give your kid the Nintendo Switch they’ve been drooling over.

Breakfast In Bed

Any significant other or child would appreciate these Uncle Buck-approved flapjacks. Just make sure you’re not stuck on clean up duty.

Cocktail Supplies

You’ll need them to get through the holidays.

Dance Lessons

So you can learn to shake-shake-shake (unless you know ghosts willing to lend a hand).

Comfy Clothes

With all the holiday meals, there may be some…embigenning.

Get even more great inspiration all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC, and remember…

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A-O Rewind

Celebrating Portlandia One Sketch at a Time

The final season of Portlandia approaches.

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Most people measure time in minutes, hours, days, years…At IFC, we measure it in sketches. And nothing takes us way (waaaaaay) back like Portlandia sketches. Yes, there’s a Portlandia milepost from every season that changed the way we think, behave, and pickle things. In honor of Portlandia’s 8th and final season, Subaru presents a few of our favorites.


Put A Bird On It

Portlandia enters the pop-culture lexicon and inspires us to put birds on literally everything.

Colin the Chicken

Who’s your chicken, really? Behold the emerging locavore trend captured perfectly to the nth degree.

Dream Of The ’90s

This treatise on Portland made it clear that “the dream” was alive and well.

No You Go

We Americans spend most of our lives in cars. Fortunately, there’s a Portlandia sketch for every automotive situation.

A-O River!

We learned all our outdoor survival skills from Kath and Dave.

One More Episode

The true birth of binge watching, pre-Netflix. And what you’ll do once Season 8 premieres.

Catch up on Portlandia’s best moments before the 8th season premieres January 18th on IFC.

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