John Carpenter Takes Over “The Ward”

The legendary John Carpenter (“Halloween,” “The Thing”) is finally returning to the big screen with the psychological thriller “The Ward” for Echo Lake Entertainment reports the trades.

Written by Michael and Shawn Rasmussen, the film follows the disturbing experience of a young woman (Amber Heard) in an institution who is terrorized by a ghost.

Doug Mankoff, Mike Marcus, Peter Block and Andy Spaulding are producing. The film is scheduled to begin shooting in May.

The project marks Carpenter’s second film since a long hiatus after 2001’s “Ghosts of Mars”. The first, “L.A. Gothic”, was shot early last year and is still awaiting release.

He’s also in development on prison film “Riot” starring Nicolas Cage and gangster flick “The Prince.”