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UNIVERSAL PICTURES ENTERS INTO MULTI-LEVEL DIRECTING/PRODUCING AGREEMENT WITH JOHN CARPENTER

 UNIVERSAL PICTURES ENTERS INTO MULTI-LEVEL
 DIRECTING/PRODUCING AGREEMENT WITH JOHN CARPENTER
 UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif., Jan. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Universal Pictures has entered into a directing/producing agreement with John Carpenter and Sandy King (Mrs. John Carpenter), it was announced today by Tom Pollock, chairman of the MCA Motion Picture Group, and Casey Silver, president of production for Universal Pictures.
 Under this agreement, Carpenter will direct and King will produce at least one feature for the studio in the next two years and enter into development on others including a remake of the studio's 1953 classic "The Creature from the Black Lagoon." Carpenter will direct all of these films and King will produce them.
 "We are very pleased to be continuing our association with John Carpenter," said Pollock. "His track record at Universal has been extremely successful -- both creatively and financially."
 "I've made two of my favorite movies at Universal, 'The Thing' and 'They Live.' It's great to be able to continue this relationship," said Carpenter.
 For years, the films of Carpenter have entertained, thrilled and jangled the nerves of movie audiences everywhere. From "Halloween," which, for years, held the record as the highest grossing independent film ever made, to "The Thing," Carpenter has undoubtedly earned his reputation as the king of the suspense genre.
 Carpenter directed the blockbuster "Halloween" (which spawned a number of successful sequels), the apocalyptic "Escape From New York," and the spine-tingling box-office hit, "The Fog." In addition to "The Thing" and "They Live," he directed "Prince of Darkness" for Universal. Carpenter also directed "Christine," based on the Stephen King best-seller; "Starman," for which actor Jeff Bridges won a Best Actor nomination; and "Big Trouble in Little China," which teamed him for the fourth time with Kurt Russell ("Escape From New York," "The Thing" and "Elvis").
 For television, Carpenter directed his script of "Someone's Watching Me," followed by the Emmy-nominated, critically acclaimed television movie, "Elvis."
 In the fall of 1991, Carpenter was honored at the Viennale (the International Film Festival of Vienna) by personal invitation of its director, German filmmaker Werner Herzog. The theme of the year's festival was "The Magic of Cinema," a most appropriate opportunity to honor Carpenter, whom Herzog termed "the ultimate magician."
 Carpenter is currently in post-production on "Memoirs of an Invisible Man," which is planned for release by Warner Bros. in March of 1992. The comedy stars Chevy Chase and Daryl Hannah.
 Additionally, Carpenter and King are making a documentary about Howard Hawks to be included in "The Audiovisual Encyclopedia," being produced by Telemax and financed by Canal Plus. The final effort will include 100 portraits of men who changed the world, directed by the world's most famous filmmakers. The first portraits will include "Gershwin" by Alain Resnais, "Kafka" by Zbigniew Rybczynski, "Darwin" by Peter Greenaway, "Einstein" by Michael Ritchie, and "Goya" by Carlos Saura.
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