Big Fish screenwriter John August may be coming on board to re-write an adaptation of the comic miniseries The Strange Adventures of H.P. Lovecraft for director Ron Howard. Howard first boarded the project back in 2009 with a script from the mini-series’ author Mac Carter. The story centers on a young Lovecraft (who became a legend of writing horror tales like At the Mountains of Madness and The Call of Cthulhu) who becomes stricken with an ancient curse that causes his nightmares to become reality. The comic is described as “one part biography, one part horror pulp, and one part fugitive thriller.” The rumor about August taking on the script comes from The Tracking Board (via /Film).
While August’s last screenplay to become a movie was 2007’s The Nines (which he also directed), he remains a frequent collaborator of Tim Burton. Last summer, was in talks to adapt the board game Monsterpocalypse for the director. Hit the jump for the official synopsis of The Strange Adventures of H.P. Lovecraft and my thoughts on August getting the gig.
I’m a fan of August’s and I think he’s done impressive adaptations not only with Big Fish, but helping Charlie’s Angels be a surprisingly fun flick. However, his biggest contribution is being a fountain of sage wisdom to aspiring screenwriters on his official website. I think he could do some interesting work with Lovecraft, but I have trouble putting my faith in Howard (provided he’s still attached to the project at this point).
Here’s the synopsis of The Strange Adventures of H.P. Lovecraft from the comic’s official website:
Toiling away as a timid and eccentric writer of pulp horror stories, H.P. Lovecraft, is powerless in the world… in love with a girl who doesn’t love him back, mired in a profession that inspires no respect and frozen in the grip of a terrible writer’s block. Until one day when everything changes. Lovecraft comes in contact with an ancient book that passes onto him an insidious curse: whenever he sleeps, his darkest nightmares come true and are loosed on the world. Suddenly, this shy and bumbling writer becomes both an unwitting god of destruction and the only man who can ﬁght the wickedness he unleashes. It’s a fantastical revision of the life and work of H.P. Lovecraft, a story in the mold of the classic Universal horror movies. A weird tale indeed.