Ron Howard Talks The Strange Adventures of H.P. Lovecraft
Though we've known that Ron Howard was going to be at the helm of an adaptation of Image Comics series The Strange Adventures of H.P. Lovecraft, we haven't really found out any details regarding his approach to the story about a wimpy writer who becomes a bad-ass fighter of all things supernatural (hence the H.P. Lovecraft aspect). This is a new experience for Ron Howard as he steps up to direct his first comic book adaptation, and Geoff Boucher from the LA Times caught up with Ron Howard recently, where they talked about the challenges of bringing Lovecraft to the big screen and a little bit about the story.
Howard says, "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." Regarding the story elements of Lovecraft, Howard went on to say:
"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. The character is a very young Lovecraft."
Of course he also goes on to say that he has a whole load of other new projects that he has his hand in right now, so we're not exactly sure how imminent Lovecraft is on his agenda. "I've got literally half-a-dozen projects where essentially I'm waiting for [script] drafts to come in, and there's something I love about all of these ideas. We'll just have to wait to see what comes to fruition. You just never know." My feelings exactly.
While Howard's adaptations of Dan Brown's novels (The Da Vinci Code, Angels & Demons) have been lackluster, I found Frost/Nixon to be quite compelling. However, I'm eager for Howard to do something truly different, and the supernatural settings of The Strange Adventures of H.P. Lovecraft seem like just what the doctor ordered. Plus, it's getting back to his Willow roots in a way, isn't it? What do you think?