It’s been 8 long years since horror icon John Carpenter has directed a feature-length film, and although we continue to hear about him being attached to upcoming projects, as it stands right now, he still hasn’t started production on anything new. The prison movie Riot starring Nicolas Cage was expected to be his next film, but now it looks like something else may come even before that.
Shock Till You Drop reports that Carpenter will be directing a movie called The Ward that starts shooting in May. The movie, written by Michael and Shawn Rasmussen (Long Distance), is about a young woman who finds herself “trapped in a mental institution with a malevolent ghost”. That young woman will be played by Amber Heard (Pineapple Express, Never Back Down, All The Boys Love Mandy Lane). Carpenter offers the following generic comments:
“The Ward is the kind of script that I’ve been looking for: a complex, visceral story, full of suspense and scares. I am especially pleased to be working with Amber because I know she will create a powerful central performance.”