John Carpenter is making a welcome return to the big screen with L.A. Gothic. It's Carpenter's first film since Ghost's of Mars in 2001. Since then Hollywood has been plundering his past films for remake material, and Carpenter has been making sure that his directorial skills don't seize up by directing the occasional episode of Masters of Horror.
ShockTillYouDrop is reporting that casting is now underway for the film which is described as:
"Five interwoven stories of high-octane horror centering on a vengeful ex-priest's efforts to protect his teenage daughter from the supernatural evils of L.A.'s dark side."
The film was written pre-strike by Jim Agnew and Sean Keller.
This sounds like great material for Carpenter - in my eyes the man is a true cinema great, and I feel that he does not get the credit that he deserves. He's made some of the most iconic genre films in the history of cinema, and I believe that even his so called "lesser efforts" have much to recommend.
I know that many feel that he has lost his touch over the past twenty or so years, but if you watch his films and listen to his commentaries you see many great themes and images scattered throughout his work. Also, just look at how he manges to slip the conventions of the western into almost every film he makes.
I honestly believe that Carpenter is a genius, and I can't wait to learn more about this film as it gets underway ( I only hope that he manges to cast Kurt Russell as the ex-priest).
I will most definitely keep you posted as L.A. Gothic progresses.