It was revealed back in March that Director extraordinaire Ron Howard (The Da Vinci Code , Frost/Nixon, Apollo 13) could possibly take the reigns for The Strange Adventures of H.P. Lovecraft, a live-action adaptation of Image’s comic series for Universal and Imagine Entertainment. This evening the Los Angeles Times caught up with Howard, who speaks on the project he calls “new territory for me.” Read on for the skinny.
“It very cleverly uses H.P. Lovecraft in a fictional way, but there’s some loose biographical elements. But it certainly has the flavor and the tone of Lovecraft,” Howard told the LA Times speaking of the big budget Image Comics adaptation. “The character is a very young Lovecraft.”
Speaking of the size of the film, Howard explains, “Look, it’s challenging, but if we get it right, it could be really original and psychologically interesting and scary in a great way. And it’s a graphic novel, this is new territory for me.”
Created by Mac Carter and Jeff Blitz, the book borrows elements from Lovecraft’s life, such as his family’s struggle with mental illness and his own bouts with writer’s block, and transforms the young writer’s darkest nightmares into reality when he comes across a book that puts a curse on him and lets the evils he conjures up loose on the world.
“It is kind of fun, but you know Freud has been used that way and Einstein in the past,” Howard said. “I’m very encouraged by it so far, the approach and the possibilities.”
Hopefully the project comes into fruition sometime soon as there’s nothing better than a big time director taking on our genre (it rarely happens).