Thursday, March 26, 2009

The Strange Adventures of H.P. Lovecraft

Universal and Imagine Entertainment have bought the film right to Image Comics' graphic novel The Strange Adventures of H.P Lovecraft. The novel will be released on April 8. Variety shares more details:

U [Universal] sparked to "Lovecraft" because its take on classic horror fits in well with the studio’s library of monster fare featuring Dracula, Frankenstein, the Mummy and the Wolf Man, the last of which is being brought back to the bigscreen later this year.

Created by Mac Carter and Jeff Blitz, 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.

Lovecraft, who died in 1937, is considered one of the most influential horror writers of the 20th century.

Ron Howard might direct this so my DO NOT WANT alarm bells are going off like crazy, no matter how much of a fan I am of Lovecraft's work. And Lovecraft's personal beliefs do not exactly make me a fan of his - I suspect his being a racist, anti-Catholic, anti-semetic bigot will not make its way into the novel or the film.

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