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.
On November 9, Warner Home Video will be releasing a very cool documentary called Secret Origin: The Story of DC Comics and it’s going to be narrated by Ryan Reynolds (Green Lantern). As the press release says:
The original DC Comics Documentary is the first of its kind: a compelling look at the company that created the modern super hero, produced with unprecedented access to the archives at Warner Bros. and DC Comics. Both a celebration of the best writers and artists in comics and a thoughtful exploration of seventy-five years of DC Comics history, Secret Origins combines insights from respected hitorians, interviews with some of the most influential comic book creators in history, and excerpts from comics, films, and television shows to bring the story of DC Comics to life in new and unexpected ways.
While the press release makes no mention of who directed and produced the documentary, I’m guessing this is the project Jeffrey Blitz (Spellbound, Rocket Science, Lucky) and producer Sean Welch told me about at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. At the time, they said they had just started working on a documentary about the history of DC Comics and I think this DVD is it. Anyway, we’ve been given the first trailer, so hit the jump to check it out:
UPDATE: I was right. This is the project Jeffrey Blitz told me about. Full press release after the jump.
While millions of kids around the world know the origin of Superman and Batman, I’d wager most of them don’t know they were originally created by DC comics a long time ago. But if director Jeffrey Blitz (Spellbound, Rocket Science, Lucky) and producer Sean Welch (he produced all three of Blitz’s movies) have their way, at this summer’s Comic-Con, a lot more people are going to know the history of DC comics.
The reason is at last week’s Sundance Film Festival, the two filmmakers told me they’ve just started work on a documentary about the history of DC Comics! While they just started rolling cameras last week, they said the plan is to premiere the movie at this summer’s Comic-Con. And if you’re nervous they’re doing this without the support of DC, Welch told me:
“DC Comics contacted us and asked if we would do this. Jeff and the director are comic book enthusiasts since they were kids and remain comic book enthusiasts. So yes, we have access to their archives, their material, their covers, their panels, the creatives and the executives in the DC world.”
Read or watch what they had to say about the project after the jump: