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Lovecraft: Fear of the Unknown – Documentary about the writer and his influence

Posted by LiveFor on October 3, 2009

Lovecraft_PosterAs long time readers of the site will know I love me a bit of Lovecraft. It just spooks the hell out of me and fires my imagination (plus The Call of Cthulhu RPG is great as well). Now, thanks to io9, I have found out about this cool sounding documentary about the man himself.

A chronicle of the life, work and mind that created the Cthulhu mythos.

Not only is it about Lovecraft it also features interviews with some great people – Guillermo Del Toro, Neil Gaiman, John Carpenter, Peter Straub, Stuart Gordon, Caitlin R. Kiernan, Ramsey Campbell, S.T. Joshi, Andrew Migliore and Robert M. Price.

Available on DVD & Blu-Ray 13th October 2009

Check out the official site for more info.

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‘The Strange Adventures Of H.P. Lovecraft’ Creators On Why Ron Howard Is Right For Horror Adaptation

Posted by LiveFor on March 31, 2009

I recently posted a story about Ron Howard being attached to direct the comic book adaption of The Strange Adventures of H.P. Lovecraft, created by Mac Carter and Jeff Blitz.

Now MTV had an interview with writer/creator Mac Carter (who’s also writing the screenplay for the film) and cover artist/producer Adam Byrne about the comic, the film, Ron Howard and who they would like to play Lovecraft. Here are some of the highlights. Be sure to check out the rest of the interview along with an exclusive 5-page preview of “The Strange Adventures of H.P. Lovecraft”

MTV: What’s the appeal of the author as a story character? What aspects of H.P. Lovecraft — the man and his work — will we see in the series and film?

MC: Well, in my mind, it’s no coincidence that the book landed with Universal. When we set out to create the comic we talked a lot about their classic monsters. We felt there was a model at work in their pantheon that we could follow — that of the tragic, misunderstood monster: Frankenstein, the Wolf Man, even the Gill Man. Some of the details of Lovecraft’s sad and complex biography started to suggest a similar character. All we needed was the horror. Well, Lovecraft’s writings provide that in spades.

But let me just say, we have one more hope — that with “The Strange Adventures of HP Lovecraft” we create a curiosity for the man’s idiosyncratic writings, and that a notoriously un-filmable author, not unlike Philip K. Dick with “Blade Runner,” suddenly becomes viable. Because, after all, who doesn’t want to see more of this guy’s mind-blowing stories on the big screen?

AB: Well, the reaction on the internet has been pretty interesting, even though the book hasn’t been released yet. The most important thing to keep in mind is, H.P. Lovecraft is very much the awkward, reclusive writer he’s commonly portrayed as in his biographies and by no means a Hollywood hunk. This is not a gunslinging book for gunslinging sake. It’s the story of a man placed in a very burdensome, nearly tragic set of circumstances who resorts to any means to resolve them.

MTV: Ron Howard isn’t typically viewed as a horror director — why is he right for this project?

MC: Not typically viewed as a horror director, you say? There’s a lot of talkback on blogs about this. Thanks for the opportunity to address it.

Not that the guy needs my endorsement, but perhaps there’s a more generous way of framing Mr. Howard’s talent with respect to horror: to my mind, he is our generation’s Howard Hawks. What about “Rio Bravo” and “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes” assured anyone that Hawks would create a classic in “The Thing from Another World?” And yet, there it is — a horror masterpiece.

Put simply, Ron Howard is a storyteller. He’s versatile, working effortlessly and fluently across genres, from balls-to-the-wall action-thriller to historical sit-down drama, always instilling the work with creativity, passion and humanity. Why would his horror film be any different?

AB: First of all, Ron Howard is a great dramatic director. He cares about making the audience connect with the characters. “Frost/Nixon,” “Cinderella Man,” etc, are great indications that Ron can nail a time and a place and ground you in a character’s universe. That’s key for introducing Lovecraft’s biography. If you don’t care about him as a person, you’re not likely to care about the horror unfolding around him.

MTV: In an ideal scenario, who’s your pick to play H.P. Lovecraft in the film?

AB: In creating the character’s look for the comic, Tony Salmons and I talked a lot about a cross between the photographs that exist of the real man and the actor Adrien Brody. When Mac and I watched his acceptance speech at the Academy Awards, the one where he dips Halle Berry, we looked at each other like, that is our H.P. Lovecraft. Obviously, that’s not our call now that it’s getting adapted for film, but it was fun to imagine Adrien while we were making the book.

It all sounds very interesting and I think Brody is an excellent choice to play Lovecraft. Now if only they can get him.

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Ron Howard could be directing The Strange Adventures of H.P. Lovecraft

Posted by LiveFor on March 26, 2009

Image Comics’ The Strange Adventures of H.P. Lovecraft, created by Mac Carter and Jeff Blitz, is being developed for Ron Howard to direct at Universal. The fictionalized tale borrows elements from Lovecraft’s life, such as his own bouts with writer’s block, and transforms his darkest nightmares into reality.

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.

Universal picked this up because its take on classic horror fits in well with their monster movies like Dracula, Frankenstein, the Mummy and the Wolf Man.

Mac Carter, who worked on the comic series and also directs commercials, will write the script and serve as an executive producer.

More info about the comic on the official site.

Ron Howard doing a comic book horror movie. Bit of a change for him. I love all things Lovecraft so it will be great to see the man himself on the big screen. I reckon Howard could be a good choice for the director as he does make quality films.

Two questions for you. Who could play Lovecraft (Don’t say Tom Hanks) and what part will Ron’s brother, Clint, play?

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