Ron Howard to Bring H.P. Lovecraft to the Big Screen?
I just read on Geeks of Doom that Universal Pictures and Imagine Entertainment just bought the rights to the graphic novel, The Strange Adventures of H.P. Lovecraft, for a possible film directed by Ron Howard. If this happens I would be fucking stoked! H.P. Lovecraft stories were my favorite as a teenager and I even wrote some shitty lyrics for the heavy metal band I was in, based on some of his stories. My favorite song I wrote was Sick (Rats in the Walls). Also, Ron Howard is one of my favorite directors. He directed the greatest fantasy movie ever made, Willow! What you got a problem with Willow, say something, go for it!
I haven’t really heard about this comic before (I know, I know, what kind of Geek am I? That’s why this site is called QuasiGeek, you dipshit!), but it is supposed to be about Howard Phillips Lovecraft and his family. Lovecraft gets into some crazy shit apparently. I’ll let the synopsis from the comics web site explain it:
Toiling away as a timid and eccentric writer of pulp horror stories, H.P. Lovecraft, is powerless in the world… in love with a girl who doesn’t love him back, mired in a profession that inspires no respect and frozen in the grip of a terrible writer’s block. Until one day when everything changes. Lovecraft comes in contact with an ancient book that passes onto him an insidious curse: whenever he sleeps, his darkest nightmares come true and are loosed on the world. Suddenly, this shy and bumbling writer becomes both an unwitting god of destruction and the only man who can ﬁght the wickedness he unleashes. It’s a fantastical revision of the life and work of H.P. Lovecraft, a story in the mold of the classic Universal horror movies. A weird tale indeed.
Sounds awesome! Kind of reminds me of the movie version of William S. Burrough’s Naked Lunch. That movie rather than following that insainly unfilmable book, merged a story about Burrough’s life and him writing the book with some of the insanity of the book itself. This Lovcraft story sounds just as awesome.
The graphic novel is being published by Image Comics. Written by Mac Carver, Drawn by Tony Salmons, and Inked by Adam Byrne, Lovcraft comes to your local comic shop on Aprile 8th.
As far as the possible movie is concerned, Universal and Imagin only optioned the book, meaning they may make it or they might not, but they have the option to if they want. It’s also not known if this is even a project that Howard will do. I can’t wait to read the comic when it comes out, which I know will be good. If they do make a movie I hope Howard directs it. If he doesn’t then I hope he at least produces it and let’s me direct it!
You can check out more about the graphic novel here.