The Strange Adventures of HP Lovecraft

Ron Howard is to tackle a comic book Lovecraft film:

He plans to direct “a big-budget adaptation of “The Strange Adventures of H.P. Lovecraft,” based on the Image Comics series.

In the article he says “It very cleverly uses H.P. Lovecraft in a fictional way, but there’s some loose biographical elements. But it certainly has the flavor and the tone of Lovecraft,” …. “The character is a very young Lovecraft.”

Oh God, let’s hope he gets this right and doesn’t bring us a comedy action hero failpic. Ron Howard has made some very shrewd and manipulative films and there’s potential here to launch Lovecraft’s work into the public eye like never before. But we all know that the average cinema goer might not be ready for a proper descent into the realm of Mythos. But they did lap up Burton’s excellent SLEEPY HOLLOW, so there’s hope for them yet.

Still I’ll definitely have to see it. Mainly out of curiosity of which stories are going to make it into the adaptation…

Empire summarise the article quite well here:

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I digress alot, you’ve probably noticed that. One day I am all about the writing and the next day it might be filmmaking… Luckily I have met a few people who have far more extreme interest swings than myself, so I know I’m not the only one and also that I often have it under control to some extent. Today I was searching for a 3D text tool and luckily my random and whip-fast attention span took me to this website quite by accident and I am glad I did!31 AE scripts logo

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Giant Rat found in lost volcano

Anyone ever read James Herbert’s RATS trilogy? (RATS, LAIR and DOMAIN):

Well it’s been all over the news lately, especially the beeb website as they gear up to pimp out what looks like a very interesting show, but giant Rats have indeed been found! – Check out the video!

– cool!!

So what’s the link? – as those books featured man-eating Rats, not placid happy-camper rodents.

Well the original novel features normal London Rats which were bred with oversize ones found in a remote tropical location; and then bred for their aggressiveness until they become maneaters… one suspects that the happy chappy featured in the Beeb video might need a bit more selective breeding before one can find an aggressive one. lol

It’s funny as I recently lucked out on the whole trilogy in a 2nd hand book shop (not unlike the one pictured) and had been using them as inspiration for a novel I would love to write – if I ever get the chance that is – as I loved their graphic economical descriptions of harrowing carnage; ironically the very thing that most people reacted negatively to when they were first released. The fact that there are still a few largely uncharted places lends credence to my bizarre premise.