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Ron Howard Talks Lovecraft - 25/9/2009 8:12:48 AM   
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I lost respect for Ron Howard... - 25/9/2009 8:12:48 AM   
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...since those last 2 turkeys: I'm obviously talking about The Da Vinci Code and Angels and Demons. Is there still anyone out there who thinks he's a good director?

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As a lifelong Lovecraft fan... - 25/9/2009 8:31:49 AM   
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...I am delighted to hear talk of his Cthulhu Mythos finally getting the proper cinematic treatment it has long deserved, but previously served in schlock. However, I hope that Howard ups his game above his recent disappointments. Personally, I am far more excited by the prospect of Guillermo Del Toro's "At The Mountains Of Madness". Del Toro has a proven track record and an apt imagination in dealing with twisted, eldritch, cyclopean, formless, nameless, ancient, monstrous, cosmic... horrors. Indeed, it is much rumoured that he is in possession of the rare Latin translation of the Necronomicon - that foul, despicable blasphemy of a tome, written by the mad poet of SanaŠ, Abdul Alhazared, and later translated from Arabic into Latin, by the Elizabethan sorcerer, Dr. John Dee.

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My heart stopped with terror when I saw that title... - 25/9/2009 9:56:15 AM   
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For one horrible moment I thought someone had handed RON HOWARD Del Toro's baby. I have real tears in my eyes.
The only story I want to see with Lovecraft in the title, is that the beautiful Mexican is finally getting his dream fulfilled.
Bloody Ron Howard.

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- 25/9/2009 10:35:21 AM   
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Mad Mountains - 25/9/2009 10:55:52 AM   
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I spoke to Guillermo del Toro at a book signing for The Strain a few weeks ago and asked him about the Mountains of Madness script. He said that it was in the pipeline and he definitely wanted to make it - after The Hobbit 1 & 2 and Hellboy 3! I read the first chapter of his script, which you can find online, and he obviously wants to keep it as close to the source material as possible, including the giant albino penguins . . .

However, the studios have a real problem with a). no romance or female characters - so they want to introduce one, much to Del Toro's disgust; and b). what Guillermo called "the terrible ending". :D Clearly, he meant terrible for humanity, not terrible as in just plain bad.

So, I think a lot rests on The Hobbit, if it goes down as well as LOTR (likely) then I imagine he'll probably be able to do whatever the hell he wants. So fingers crossed . . .

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RE: Mad Mountains - 25/9/2009 11:46:39 AM   
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I am extremely envious of your chat, ninjadorg, and intrigued at the same time. I really would love to see Mountains brought to life by someone who cares so deeply about the material. The issue of female characters is ridiculous. I think it is completely possible to change the gender of one of the protagonists (granted, possibly not Danforth, where the temptation may be to regard the character as an hysterical-and weak-female) whilst retaining the character. However, to even think of introducing romance into the story causes hot bile to rise to the back of my throat. The 'terrible ending' issue is also disturbing, judging from what happened to Darabont on The Mist. Lucky for us that Darabont refused to be pressured into changing the ending, which is among the best ever brought to film, and managed to do so on the budget he was left with. Del Toro, I am sure, is no less principled than Darabont, so are we to see his Mountains vision continually scuppered by narrow-mindedness and concerns about commerciality; it has been so long in getting off the ground. And I am definitely keeping my fingers crossed about the Hobbit, for many reasons.   P.S. Hellboy 3 = ridiculously exciting. 

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RE: Mad Mountains - 25/9/2009 12:13:03 PM   
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I spoke to Guillermo del Toro at a book signing for The Strain a few weeks ago and asked him about the Mountains of Madness script. He said that it was in the pipeline and he definitely wanted to make it - after The Hobbit 1 & 2 and Hellboy 3! I read the first chapter of his script, which you can find online, and he obviously wants to keep it as close to the source material as possible, including the giant albino penguins . . .

However, the studios have a real problem with a). no romance or female characters - so they want to introduce one, much to Del Toro's disgust; and b). what Guillermo called "the terrible ending". :D Clearly, he meant terrible for humanity, not terrible as in just plain bad.

So, I think a lot rests on The Hobbit, if it goes down as well as LOTR (likely) then I imagine he'll probably be able to do whatever the hell he wants. So fingers crossed . . .


That is exactly the same thing he said to me when I talked to him at a signing at Weta Workshop a few months ago and asked him about it. The romance, and the ending. The studios obviously don't know a good thing when it slaps them in the face and yells at them.


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RE: I lost respect for Ron Howard... - 25/9/2009 12:29:45 PM   
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...since those last 2 turkeys: I'm obviously talking about The Da Vinci Code and Angels and Demons. Is there still anyone out there who thinks he's a good director?


after Willow it all just went...

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RE: I lost respect for Ron Howard... - 25/9/2009 12:53:04 PM   
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I wish I could be excited about seeing Lovecraft on-screen, but Ron Howard. Eugh.

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RE: I lost respect for Ron Howard... - 25/9/2009 1:08:28 PM   
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It kinda reminds me of Necronomicon, the 1993 movie staring Jeffery Combs as Lovecraft.

Only concern I have about this is, if it flops, Del Toro will have even more trouble getting Mountains off the ground.

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RE: I lost respect for Ron Howard... - 25/9/2009 1:12:45 PM   
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ORIGINAL: chewbacasnapsak


quote:

ORIGINAL: echobase

...since those last 2 turkeys: I'm obviously talking about The Da Vinci Code and Angels and Demons. Is there still anyone out there who thinks he's a good director?


after Willow it all just went...


Hey, another fan of Willow, nice to see that

But after the above fantasy flick Howard made these,

Parenthood
Backdraft
The Paper
Apollo 13
A Beautiful Mind
The Missing

All good flicks if you ask me, and between the two horrendous Brown adaptations he made Frost/Nixon.

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RE: I lost respect for Ron Howard... - 25/9/2009 1:20:11 PM   
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ORIGINAL: chewbacasnapsak


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ORIGINAL: echobase

...since those last 2 turkeys: I'm obviously talking about The Da Vinci Code and Angels and Demons. Is there still anyone out there who thinks he's a good director?


after Willow it all just went...


Hey, another fan of Willow, nice to see that

But after the above fantasy flick Howard made these,

Parenthood
Backdraft
The Paper
Apollo 13
A Beautiful Mind
The Missing

All good flicks if you ask me, and between the two horrendous Brown adaptations he made Frost/Nixon.


I would take out A Beautful Mind and put in The Grinch. Hey sue me, I enjoy it.

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RE: I lost respect for Ron Howard... - 25/9/2009 1:27:49 PM   
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ORIGINAL: Rgirvan44

quote:

ORIGINAL: Kazuya

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ORIGINAL: chewbacasnapsak


quote:

ORIGINAL: echobase

...since those last 2 turkeys: I'm obviously talking about The Da Vinci Code and Angels and Demons. Is there still anyone out there who thinks he's a good director?


after Willow it all just went...


Hey, another fan of Willow, nice to see that

But after the above fantasy flick Howard made these,

Parenthood
Backdraft
The Paper
Apollo 13
A Beautiful Mind
The Missing

All good flicks if you ask me, and between the two horrendous Brown adaptations he made Frost/Nixon.


I would take out A Beautful Mind and put in The Grinch. Hey sue me, I enjoy it.


I kinda like it as well. As far as Dr. Seuss film adaptations go, it's not bad.

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RE: I lost respect for Ron Howard... - 25/9/2009 1:38:34 PM   
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ORIGINAL: Kazuya

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ORIGINAL: Rgirvan44

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ORIGINAL: Kazuya

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ORIGINAL: chewbacasnapsak


quote:

ORIGINAL: echobase

...since those last 2 turkeys: I'm obviously talking about The Da Vinci Code and Angels and Demons. Is there still anyone out there who thinks he's a good director?


after Willow it all just went...


Hey, another fan of Willow, nice to see that

But after the above fantasy flick Howard made these,

Parenthood
Backdraft
The Paper
Apollo 13
A Beautiful Mind
The Missing

All good flicks if you ask me, and between the two horrendous Brown adaptations he made Frost/Nixon.


I would take out A Beautful Mind and put in The Grinch. Hey sue me, I enjoy it.


I kinda like it as well. As far as Dr. Seuss film adaptations go, it's not bad.


thank you all for highlighting my point

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RE: I lost respect for Ron Howard... - 25/9/2009 1:42:51 PM   
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ORIGINAL: Kazuya

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ORIGINAL: Rgirvan44

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ORIGINAL: Kazuya

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ORIGINAL: echobase

...since those last 2 turkeys: I'm obviously talking about The Da Vinci Code and Angels and Demons. Is there still anyone out there who thinks he's a good director?


after Willow it all just went...


Hey, another fan of Willow, nice to see that

But after the above fantasy flick Howard made these,

Parenthood
Backdraft
The Paper
Apollo 13
A Beautiful Mind
The Missing

All good flicks if you ask me, and between the two horrendous Brown adaptations he made Frost/Nixon.


I would take out A Beautful Mind and put in The Grinch. Hey sue me, I enjoy it.


I kinda like it as well. As far as Dr. Seuss film adaptations go, it's not bad.


thank you all for highlighting my point


With what? Saying that we kinda like The Grinch invalidates any other opinions?
Or do you honestly think every flick I listed is bad?

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Hopefully This is just the start. - 25/9/2009 2:49:12 PM   
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I hope ron howard does make this movie and that is a success, if it becomes a success then i can rest assured that Guillermo Del Toro will get the funding to direct his version of Lovecraft's Greatest novella " At The Mountains Of Madness.

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RE: I lost respect for Ron Howard... - 25/9/2009 4:09:33 PM   
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ORIGINAL: Kazuya

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ORIGINAL: chewbacasnapsak


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ORIGINAL: Kazuya

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ORIGINAL: Rgirvan44

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quote:

ORIGINAL: echobase

...since those last 2 turkeys: I'm obviously talking about The Da Vinci Code and Angels and Demons. Is there still anyone out there who thinks he's a good director?


after Willow it all just went...


Hey, another fan of Willow, nice to see that

But after the above fantasy flick Howard made these,

Parenthood
Backdraft
The Paper
Apollo 13
A Beautiful Mind
The Missing

All good flicks if you ask me, and between the two horrendous Brown adaptations he made Frost/Nixon.


I would take out A Beautful Mind and put in The Grinch. Hey sue me, I enjoy it.


I kinda like it as well. As far as Dr. Seuss film adaptations go, it's not bad.


thank you all for highlighting my point


With what? Saying that we kinda like The Grinch invalidates any other opinions?
Or do you honestly think every flick I listed is bad?


sorry, i should have put a smiley after my comment, the mans movies make my teeth itch, its my opinion is all

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RE: I lost respect for Ron Howard... - 25/9/2009 4:11:52 PM   
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ORIGINAL: chewbacasnapsak


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ORIGINAL: Kazuya

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ORIGINAL: chewbacasnapsak


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ORIGINAL: Kazuya

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ORIGINAL: Rgirvan44

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ORIGINAL: Kazuya

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ORIGINAL: chewbacasnapsak


quote:

ORIGINAL: echobase

...since those last 2 turkeys: I'm obviously talking about The Da Vinci Code and Angels and Demons. Is there still anyone out there who thinks he's a good director?


after Willow it all just went...


Hey, another fan of Willow, nice to see that

But after the above fantasy flick Howard made these,

Parenthood
Backdraft
The Paper
Apollo 13
A Beautiful Mind
The Missing

All good flicks if you ask me, and between the two horrendous Brown adaptations he made Frost/Nixon.


I would take out A Beautful Mind and put in The Grinch. Hey sue me, I enjoy it.


I kinda like it as well. As far as Dr. Seuss film adaptations go, it's not bad.


thank you all for highlighting my point


With what? Saying that we kinda like The Grinch invalidates any other opinions?
Or do you honestly think every flick I listed is bad?


sorry, i should have put a smiley after my comment, the mans movies make my teeth itch, its my opinion is all


No worries, you're definitely entitled to your opinion.

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RE: I lost respect for Ron Howard... - 25/9/2009 5:31:34 PM   
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Can't we just have a proper Lovecraft Tale, instead of this post-modern knowing wink wink version?

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RE: Hopefully This is just the start. - 25/9/2009 10:41:08 PM   
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Is the problem with funding? I thought he was just caught up with all his other projects? Tarzan, halo(at the time) , producing D9 , hobbit etc. either way, lets hope ron howards rumblings are enough to kick things off.
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I hope ron howard does make this movie and that is a success, if it becomes a success then i can rest assured that Guillermo Del Toro will get the funding to direct his version of Lovecraft's Greatest novella " At The Mountains Of Madness.


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RE: Hopefully This is just the start. - 26/9/2009 4:07:04 AM   
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Ron Howard is DEFINITELY the wrong director for this.

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Right Idea, Wrong Director - 28/9/2009 5:40:57 AM   
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Comments about Ron Howard being the wrong man for the job is right on the money. Directors like Gilliam, del Toro or Burton are far more versed in the aesthetic of Lovecraft's work than someone like Howard. With Ron at the helm, does that mean we get Russell Crowe cast as Lovecraft?? Joy.

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