Director John Carpenter is back, signing on to direct ghost story “The Ward” for indie Echo Lake.
Amber Heard (“Pineapple Express”) will star as a haunted woman in a mental institution.
Carpenter hasn’t directed a feature since “Ghosts of Mars” in 2001; “The Informers,” starring Heard and helmed by Gregor Jordan, bowed in Sundance.
“The Ward” will be produced by Echo Lake’s Doug Mankoff, Mike Marcus and Andy Spaulding. A Bigger Boat’s Peter Block will also produce.
Echo Lake is venturing into broader fare after a string of modest titles such as “Tsotsi,” “Water” and “Away From Her.”