John Carpenter Wants to Return to Directing
John Carpenter Wants to Return to Directing


If there’s one director whose work we sorely miss, it’s John Carpenter. The visionary behind such classics as Halloween, The Thing, Big Trouble in Little China, They Live, and Escape From New York hasn’t directed a feature film since 2010’s The Ward, but it sounds like he’s itching to get back in the game.


In a new interview with EW, the 70-year-old filmmaker revealed that he is looking to direct another movie after his nearly decade-long hiatus — but don’t expect him to return to his greatest hits. “I would love to direct something, if it’s the right thing to do at my age,” Carpenter said while laughing. “I’m not going to make another Thing, I’ll tell you that. I’m not going to the Arctic again. I’m not going to do that. I want to take it easy. I want to enjoy myself!”


He then went on to describe what type of film he would be interested in making. Or at least, where he would want to make it. “I’ve wanted to do something in Europe and I’ve wanted to do something in Venice,” he said. “I haven’t gotten a story for it though. What a place! What a strange place! And Venice is sinking! Wow. But I don’t know. I’d love to do something in Europe. That would be fun to do.”


Finally, Carpenter revealed what he’s up to these days, and his current passions are a bit… surprising. “There are two important things in my life, though,” he revealed. “Basketball, when the season starts, and video games. And to play video games you have to sit in a chair and not really get up and do anything. I love that. That’s my job now, to sit around and do nothing!”


So to sum up, John Carpenter wants to direct another movie, he wants it set in Venice, he has no story idea, and he likes video games and basketball. Honestly, if Carpenter wanted to direct a movie starring Kurt Russell as an old man who just wants to sit around in Venice and play basketball video games while the city sinks around him, then we would 100 percent be down to watch it.


The ball is in your court, John.


Image courtesy of John Carpenter on Instagram