John Carpenter Explains Why He Disappeared from Hollywood
01.13.10 by Ryan
Director John Carpenter's long resume of movies are constantly being revisited by Hollywood, either used to create remakes (The Fog, Halloween) or a prequel (The Thing). Yet Carpenter hasn't made a movie since 2001's Ghosts of Mars.
Carpenter is finally making his cinematic return this year with The Ward, which follows a girl (Amber Heard) who is brought to an isolation ward at a psychiatric hospital and slowly realizes that she and the other patients are not alone. France's CanalPlus visited Carpenter on the set, where he explained why it has taken him so long to return to directing.
I, actually, after my last film, I had burnout. I had to stop. I never wanted to make another movie. [I was] fed up with the movie business. I couldn't take it. When you start to lose your passion for filmmaking, for making movies, you gotta quit. So it had gone for a few years. [It took] Five, six years [to get it back].
Carpenter doesn't usually take part in the remakes of his own movie, including the upcoming They Live remake.
They are re-making They Live right now, as we speak. And I have no idea. I bet they won't do it as politically as I did. I mean, maybe, maybe, but I don't think so.
Carpenter admitted that he was "happy" to take such a long time off, and that he "enjoyed himself" during his break. Carpenter called working on The Ward "fabulous" and seems to be over his long break.
I'm having a blast, I'm having a great time.... I'm really happy to be back at work.