Register  |   Log In  |  
Sign up to our weekly newsletter    
Search   
Empire Magazine and iPad
Follow Me on Pinterest YouTube Tumblr Viber
Empire
Trending On Empire
The Big 2015 Movie Preview
The 50 Best Films Of 2014
Review Of The Year 2014
Subscribe To Empire!
Save up to 70%
Empire
Film Studies 101
Movie News

LATEST HEADLINES
TODAY
Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice Trailer Smashes In
'Do you bleed?'
More Movie News

RELATED NEWS
13 April 2015
Sony Now Looking To Build Ron Howard's Dark Tower
For a movie and a TV series
More Movie News

RELATED FUTURE FILMS
In The Heart Of The Sea
08 January 2016
Crimson Peak
16 October 2015
More Future Films

RELATED REVIEWS
The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug (2013)
Empire Star Rating
Rush (2013)
Empire Star Rating
Pacific Rim (2013)
Empire Star Rating
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012)
Empire Star Rating
Frankenweenie (2012)
Empire Star Rating
More new cinemas releases
DVD & Blu-ray releases

John August Plans Strange Adventures
Adapting HP Lovecraft comic?

22 February 2011  |  Written by Owen Williams  |  Source: Tracking Board (via Slash)

submit to reddit

About eighteen months ago, Ron Howard was saying that he hoped to direct The Strange Adventures of HP Lovecraft, based on the Image Comics series by Mac Carter. Little has been heard about the project since, and Howard has presumably moved on, since he has the enormous journey to Stephen King's The Dark Tower ahead of him. But Lovecraft, like a Great Old One, still waits sleeping, and the latest rumour is that John August is taking a crack at the screenplay.

Carter's series put a reluctant Lovecraft front-and-centre in scenarios much like his own pioneering pulp fiction (Steven Soderbergh did something similar with Kafka, as did Nicholas Meyer with HG Wells in Time After Time), facing down the incomprehensible cosmic horrors of an indifferent universe like a 1930s, American Arthur Dent. Howard called the comics "challenging, original, psychologically interesting, and scary in a great way", and was apparently working from a script by Carter himself.

Carter is a USC graduate with some shorts and ads under his belt, but as a noob to feature films it's not surprising that his script might be in need of a revisit. August, long associated with Tim Burton - he wrote Big Fish, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Corpse Bride, the upcoming Frankenweenie rejig and Monsterpocalypse - seems like he'd be on the right wavelength for the job. He's no stranger to comics either, taking a shot at a screenplay for the projected Preacher movie.

With no director currently aboard, there's no start date yet, so expect it to be a while before this one heads into production. In the meantime though, our Lovecraftian itches should be thoroughly scratched by Guillermo Del Toro's At the Mountains of Madness, due before cameras in the summer.


Have Your Say
To comment on this, and all articles, register for free or login now.

Clip From New Brit-Flick Terry
Get your grit on with this extract
Todd Field Accepts The Creed Of Violence
Update: He's got the funds to make it


CURRENT HIGHLIGHTS
The 15 Most Controversial Alternate Endings
How some of your favourite films could have finished...

80 Of The Best Movie Star Adverts
From Sly Stallone selling bread to Hugh Jackman dancing for Ice Tea

Showrunner Matthew Weiner Reveals 7 Mad Men Secrets
The truth about The Beatles and that lawnmower

New Star Wars: The Force Awakens Trailer Breakdown
Everything you need to know about the second teaser

Podcast #157: Alan Rickman
From A Little Chaos to Die Hard and back again

From Hell! 22 Stalker Psychodramas
From fatal attractions to single white females

Alfonso Gomez-Rejon On The Town That Dreaded Sundown
The American Horror Story director on his cult slasher remake

Subscribe to Empire magazine
Subscribe now and save up to 70%

Get exclusive subscriber-only covers each month!

Subscribe today

Subscribe to Empire iPad edition
Get The Empire iPad Edition Today

Subscribe and save money on annual digital subscription

Subscribe today
Buy single issues

Subscribe now and save up to 70%
Get exclusive subscriber-only covers each month Subscribe today!
Empire's Film Studies 101 Series
Everything you ever wanted to know about filmmaking but were afraid to ask...
The Empire Digital Edition
With exclusive extras, interactive features, trailers and much more! Download now
Home  |  News  |  Blogs  |  Reviews  |  Future Films  |  Features  |  Interviews  |  Images  |  Competitions  |  Forum  |  Digital Edition  |  Podcast  |  Magazine Contact Us  |  Empire FAQ  |  Subscribe To Empire  |  Register
© Bauer Consumer Media Ltd  |  Legal Info  |  Editorial Complaints  |  Privacy Policy  |  Bauer Entertainment Network
Bauer Consumer Media Ltd (company number 01176085 and registered address 1 Lincoln Court, Lincoln Road, Peterborough, England PE1 2RF)