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Old 02-04-2009, 04:59 PM   #1
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John Carpenter's The Ward

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The legendary John Carpenter (Halloween, The Fog, In the Mouth of Madness, The Thing), will direct The Ward, written by Michael and Shawn Rasmussen. Amber Heard (All the Boys Love Mandy Lane) has signed on to star. The Ward is an intense psychological thriller set in a mental institution where a young woman, Kristen (played by Heard) is haunted by a mysterious and deadly ghost. As danger creeps closer, she comes to realize that this ghost might be darker than she could have imagined. Production is scheduled for a May start.

““The Ward” is the kind of script that I’ve been looking for: a complex, visceral story, full of suspense and scares,” said Carpenter. “I am especially pleased to be working with Amber because I know she will create a powerful central performance.”

“The Ward” is being produced by Doug Mankoff, Mike Marcus and Andy Spaulding of Echo Lake Entertainment, which recently wrapped production on “The Joneses”, co-starring Heard. Financing and producing alongside Echo Lake will be Peter Block and his recently launched company A Bigger Boat.

“Working with John Carpenter on “The Ward” is a dream come true; fans everywhere, me included, have been waiting for just this kind of thriller from him. It’s great to be able to tackle it with the Echo Lake gang whose work I’ve also admired for years,” said Block.

Heard is repped by Endeavor, Hyler Management and attorney Karl Austen. Her credits include “Pineapple Express,” “Never Back Down,” and “All The Boys Love Mandy Lane” as well as the series “Californication”. Carpenter is repped by William Morris and Echo Lake Management. Writers Michael and Shawn Rasmussen are repped by Larchmont Literary Agency.

Echo Lake has added more commercial fare such as “The Ward” and “The Joneses” to its long track record of award winning arthouse films including titles like “Tsotsi”, “Water”, and “Away From Her”. “We are excited to bring our focus on quality to bigger, more mainstream films” says Doug Mankoff, President of Echo Lake. “We saw firsthand what a great job Amber did on “The Joneses” and we knew that she and John Carpenter would make a perfect combination for “The Ward”."

FilmNation, the sales company started by Glen Basner, will begin international sales on the film at the Berlin Film Market next week.
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Old 02-04-2009, 05:33 PM   #2
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Great news! However, wasn't he going to shoot Riot? Bloody Disgusting even had a promo poster. Also, JC's name has been attatched to many, many titles it seems in the past few years. I really hope this one comes off. It sounds more interesting than Riot, and Carpenter's own words concerning the film make it sound as though he's excited to be directing again.
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Old 02-04-2009, 05:51 PM   #3
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Great news! However, wasn't he going to shoot Riot? Bloody Disgusting even had a promo poster. Also, JC's name has been attatched to many, many titles it seems in the past few years. I really hope this one comes off. It sounds more interesting than Riot, and Carpenter's own words concerning the film make it sound as though he's excited to be directing again.
The Ward definitely sounds more promising than a prison movie like Riot. There's been so many Carpenter announcements lately which never materialize. You have to feel a bit skeptical at this point. I think we'd all love to see him direct another horror film.
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Old 02-04-2009, 07:25 PM   #4
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All I needed to hear was Carpenter is doing something. My money is as good as spent.
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Old 02-04-2009, 08:01 PM   #5
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Carpenter should cast Kurt Russell in this as well. I'm sure there's a doctor, father or something in there for Kurt to do.

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Old 02-05-2009, 03:36 AM   #6
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Old 02-05-2009, 03:50 AM   #7
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“The Ward” is the kind of script that I’ve been looking for: a complex, visceral story, full of suspense and scares,” said Carpenter.
im there! JC is still one of my fave directors
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Old 02-05-2009, 03:59 AM   #8
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I guess he's working on so many new projects so he has something left to be remade in the future....

I like Amber Heard. The plot sounds pretty cool. JC hasn't done much to excite me lately but I'll still give it a chance.
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Old 02-05-2009, 04:58 AM   #9
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As long as there are no rap stars cast I'm interested.
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Old 02-05-2009, 04:59 AM   #10
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RIOT is still listed as "in development".Nicholas Cage seems to be circling it.
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Old 02-06-2009, 12:57 PM   #11
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If it's even almost as good as Cigarette Burns, I'm on board. If it sucks like Pro-Life... Well, let's just hope he stays away from controversial topics and science fiction special effects for awhile. And action movies. Because, more than 25 years after he made his mark in the horror genre, he mastered a new kind of filmmaking with Burns- the intelligent, thought-provoking, disturbing, provocative horror-thriller. If he stays on that track, he's destined to succeed. But for the love of God, no more lame action-vampire comedy flicks. No more boring action-alien flicks. No more trashy "apocalyptic" sci-fi mutation wannabe-Cronenberg movies. And no more attempted political commentaries - it just comes off as hammy and pretentious.
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Old 02-06-2009, 04:00 PM   #12
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If it's even almost as good as Cigarette Burns, I'm on board. If it sucks like Pro-Life... Well, let's just hope he stays away from controversial topics and science fiction special effects for awhile. And action movies. Because, more than 25 years after he made his mark in the horror genre, he mastered a new kind of filmmaking with Burns- the intelligent, thought-provoking, disturbing, provocative horror-thriller. If he stays on that track, he's destined to succeed. But for the love of God, no more lame action-vampire comedy flicks. No more boring action-alien flicks. No more trashy "apocalyptic" sci-fi mutation wannabe-Cronenberg movies. And no more attempted political commentaries - it just comes off as hammy and pretentious.
Okay, I'll let him know you will allow him to continue making movies a long as it doesn't fall into any of those categories.
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Old 02-06-2009, 04:26 PM   #13
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Old 02-06-2009, 05:14 PM   #14
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Awesome news! My level of excitement for this film will likely depend on two things: Carpenter being interested and passionate about the material instead of just doing it for the paycheck, and the budget being kept low. I think Carpenter's at his best with little money to work with; it forces him to be more creative.
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Old 06-18-2009, 03:04 PM   #15
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http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/hr/...719851ee299a2a

It looks like things are really getting underway. More casting and a set date for filming.
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