Friday, September 25, 2009

H. P. Lovecraft and...Ron Howard ?!

In the strange bedfellows category, TV’s beloved Opie (Ron Howard) is strongly contemplating directing a movie adaptation of the comic book The Strange Adventures of H.P. Lovecraft. The comic, which I haven’t read but sounds interesting, apparently places Lovecraft into the world he created in his writing. This movie is good news for us Lovecraft fans….but Ron Howard? Doesn’t seem like a good fit. I’ve been somewhat meh on Howard’s films in the past, finding them for the most part workmanlike but flat, but I’m willing to give him the benefit of the doubt.

In other Lovecraft news, Guillermo del Toro’s long talked-about dream of adapting Lovecraft’s At the Mountains of Madness for the big screen is still a possibility. Del Toro plans to do it, but only after he does Hellboy 3 (yay!) and a two-movie adaptation of J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit (ugh!). I don’t know if I’ll live long enough to see Mountains, but it sounds good.

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