According to Variety, Universal and Imagine Entertainment have bought the rights to the novel, and are planning it as a potential director’s vehicle for Howard.
The graphic novel is best described as a fictional biography of Lovecraft, as it borrows elements of his real life, such as his family’s history of mental illness and his own writer’s block, but has him encounter a book that puts a curse on him. His darkest nightmares come to life, and the evils of his imagination are set loose upon the world. As their creator, he’s the only one who can fight the horrors he’s created.
The book is billed as a story in the vein of the classic Universal horror movies like Dracula and Frankenstein, so it’s easy to see why the studio would be interested in buying it. But Howard? He seems an unlikely choice for the material, as he tends to favor Oscar-style dramas like last year’s “Frost / Nixon”, or Dan Brown penned adventure, not the Cthulhu Mythos.
But perhaps the easygoing Howard can identify with the shy writer of the graphic novel, and is just as eager to build and destroy malevolent entities.
MTV readers and Lovecraft fans, is Ron Howard the man to bring Lovecraft’s forbidden lore to life? Or is this graphic novel just begging for someone a little more horror minded?