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Ron Howard Talks The Strange Adventures of H.P. Lovecraft

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September 24, 2009
Source: LA Times

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?

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  • cat
    sounds interesting to say the least. maybe its a new take on comic book movies which could be a good thing.
  • Lazarus from Sparta!!!!
    Welcome to insanity....
  • cornholio_by_the_sea
    Well, OK...if Ron Howard is going to do this it should come out very well...
  • Sabes
    This sounds really interesting. I've never read the comic, but I've read Lovecraft stories. Some of those definitely creeped me out, lol.
  • Simon
    Lovecraft = Awesome, The Da Vinci Code = Crap, Lets hope he can pull it off
  • Fed Up With Hollywood
    Cautiously optimistic...
  • Cody
    I want a Cthulu movie done by peter jackson....it would be the creepiest most horrendously scary movie ever made.
  • peloquin
    This sounds good, but I want the Arrested Development movie already!
  • They should make a movie of the UNHEIMLICH Lovecraftian Horror comicbooks. They are modern and so much cooler. Check it out: http://www.lovecrafts.de The comics are about: The character Michael (a young guy) is trying to find out if H.P.Lovecraft´s stories are real. He and his friends (a very cool russian old badass guy and a badass priest) must face the real horror. And the cool thing the stories are based on true newsstories. Great Mix.
  • d
    Does this mean no Lost Symbol movie?
  • SlashBeast
    At least this will be more historically accurate than Cinderella Man.

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