Ron Howard to Bring H.P. Lovecraft to Life

September 24, 2009

Director Ron Howard is delving into new territory these days. He's got his sights set on adapting a comic book series that has the author H.P. Lovecraft at its center. The Strange Adventures of H.P. Lovecraft, the Image Comics series he's developing, would be a darker, stranger place than is Howard's usual fare.

In an interview with the Los Angeles Times, Howard said this about his new project:

Look, it's challenging, but if we get it right, it could be really original and psychologically interesting and scary in a great way. And it's a graphic novel, this is new territory for me. ...I have a lot of things that are sort of two-thirds of the way through and a really wide variety of them, including this Lovecraft project. So I've got literally half-a-dozen projects where essentially I'm waiting for [script] drafts to come in, and there's something I love about all of these ideas. We'll just have to wait to see what comes to fruition.

Sounds like Howard has a lot of irons in the fire right now, which isn't surprising. What is surprising is that he'd be looking at a project that has genre written all over it. It's good to see he's not always chasing after the next gazillion dollar blockbuster.

Now the question is: does he have his eye on anyone to play H.P. Lovecraft? The obvious answer would be Johnny Depp, but a more imaginative casting choice would be someone like Joseh Gordon-Levitt or perhaps even Lou Taylor Pucci. We'll have to keep our eyes open for more news about this project -- it is only one of many on Howard's crowded plate.

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