John Carpenter is back in the directorial saddle again. According to Variety, Carpenter will direct The Ward for independent distributor Echo Lake. The film will be Carpenter's first directorial effort since 2001's John Carpenter's Ghosts of Mars.

Amber Heard will star in the film, which will revolve around her character being haunted in a mental institution. Doug Mankoff, Andy Spaulding and Mike Marcus are producing for Echo Lake.

No production schedule was released.