John Carpenter’s “Afterworlds” is a long-awaited movie

John Carpenter’s “Afterworlds” is a long-awaited movie

How director and star create emotional power with glimpses of memories in ‘Aftersun’


Dec 29, 2007 at 12:01 AMDec 29, 2007 at 2:11 PM

“We’re very excited about having a new director on the movie after a long wait,” says director John Carpenter.

The wait for “Afterworlds” ended on Dec. 21 with the release of “John Carpenter’s The Ward,” which is an adaptation from the graphic novel of the same name.

“The Ward” stars Bill Paxton, Ed Harris, David Paymer and John Malkovich and is set in a post-apocalyptic society.

“Afterworlds” director John Carpenter has been working on the movie since the late 1980s and has finally started to finish it.

“We’re very excited about having a new director on the movie after a long wait,” the director told the Blade on his return from the U.S.

He noted that his original inspiration for “Afterworlds” was his experience in the aftermath of a major tsunami in Thailand a decade ago.

“My wife and I had a daughter and were living in a cottage on the beach of Thailand,” he recalled. “We had to evacuate just after the massive tidal wave hit. We were told to move inland.

“One of the first things we did when we moved was buy an old, rusty old bicycle and ride it all night down the coast. We didn’t start the bike until day light because we didn’t want to be caught in the rising floodwaters,” he continued. “We took the bike out and put it in the pool.

“The water rose to such that we couldn’t see the bike under water, so we had no hope of getting it out, but it didn’t matter because the bicycle had survived the tidal wave.”

Carpenter shared with the Blade a story about a similar experience he had about 40 years earlier.

“When I was a kid,

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