John Carpenter Back With SCARED STRAIGHT! With… Nicholas Cage?!

After years of being attached to several projects, it looks like John Carpenter is back with SCARED STRAIGHT, a new prison movie that may star Nicholas Cage!? According to The Hollywood Reporter, "Nicolas Cage and director John Carpenter are in final negotiations to team up for a prison thriller titled "Scared Straight."

"Straight" follows a troubled youth who’s sent to prison off the Scared Straight crime-prevention program, which imprisons delinquent teens for a short period in the hopes of deterring them from a life of crime. While the teen is there, a riot breaks out and the prisoners take him hostage. A lifer, played by Cage, is forced to help the young man out. Joe Gazzam wrote the original spec, which was rewritten by Ron Brinkerhoff. Noah Rosen is exec producing as is Rob Cohen, who was attached to direct at one point. An October start is being eyed.

Hopefully, with Carpenter at the helm, it won’t look anything like this: