Following the controversial Game of Thrones finale, David Benioff and Dan Weiss stepped down from Star Wars, but according to Deadline, they will be adapting Hans Rodinoff’s graphic novel, Lovecraft.
H.P. Lovecraft is a name that comes to mind, along with Edgar Allan Poe and Stephen King, when thinking of American horror authors. He created a vast cosmic horror mythos with stories like The Call of Cthulhu, The Colour Out of Space, and The Shadow Over Innsmouth. However, this new project will not be adapting Lovecraft’s own writing.
Rodionoff’s graphic novel explores the life and mind of Lovecraft. It does blur the line between reality and the author’s fantasies, which could be a fascinating angle to put on screen.
Perhaps we could get a dream sequence where H.P. is chased by the ancient Cthulhu. Maybe imaginary fish people could appear beside him, tormenting him; something along the lines of the Joker in Batman: Arkham Knight.
In addition to his writing, Lovecraft’s home life is a tragic story. His family was dysfunctional, he lived largely in poverty, and, as despicable as it was, the film would likely have to address his racist views. These are all uncomfortable topics, but necessary to properly document this life.
Warner Bros. is backing the project and writers Phil Hay and Matt Manfredi (Destroyer) are currently tasked with the script. Beyond this, not much is known.
Director Guillermo del Toro is a big fan of Lovecraft and has expressed interest in interpreting his work. With his winning the Best Director Oscar for The Shape of Water, he seems like the perfect person to direct.
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