Deadline reports that David Benioff and D.B. Weiss best known for their work on HBO’s Game of Thrones series are looking to get involved with Warner Bros’ Lovecraft, a horror-thriller feature film adaptation of the graphic novel from writer Hans Rodionoff and artist Keith Giffen.
Game of Thrones creators David Benioff & D.B. Weiss have set at Warner Bros an untitled thriller inspired by the graphic novel Lovecraft. Set to write the script are Phil Hay & Matt Manfredi, the scribe team behind such films as Aeon Flux, Ride Along and the Karyn Kusama-directed The Invitation and Destroyer. Kusama will be exec producer.
The pair are seemingly only producing the project according to subsequent reports which would make sense as they’ll be busy with their big Netflix deal that was announced back in August.
Lovecraft is based on the graphic novel of the same name from former DC Comics imprint Vertigo Comics and suggests that real-life author H.P. Lovecraft’s (At The Mountains of Madness) creatures/stories weren’t from his imagination but are real.
The horror film penned by Destroyer screenwriters Phil Hay and Matt Manfredi, with the setting, taking place during the 1920s.
Lovecraft’s stories has heavily influenced the works of horror directors including John Carpenter and Guillermo del Toro, the latter had been attempting to make an R-rated adaptation of At The Mountains of Madness starring Tom Cruise.
Here is a rundown of the graphic novel via GoodReads.
The Necronomicon. Cthulu, The Unnamable. The cursed town of Arkham. These icons of horror sprang from the imagination of H. P. Lovecraft. But consider this: what if the imaginary terrors that Lovecraft wrote about were not imaginary at all? In the original graphic novel LOVECRAFT (Vertigo; Publication Date: March 1, 2004), screenwriter Hans Rodionoff (The Hollow), comics legend Keith Giffen, and acclaimed Argentinean artist Enrique Breccia follow the life of Howard Phillips Lovecraft from his bizarre childhood (where his mother dressed him as a girl) to the dissolution of his marriage. Lovecraft comes to believe that he is the guardian of the Necronomicon, the accursed book that is the doorway to the beyond. Was he insane? Or was he a hero?
A director isn’t mentioned in the report, but Karyn Kusama (Destroyer) is producing and we’ll keep our fingers crossed that she ends up doing the film. It doesn’t seem to be a stretch that Kusama would end up making the film given her working relationship with the screenwriters and the material being tailormade for the director.
There have been various reports concerning Benioff/Weiss’ exit from their Star Wars trilogy (unconfirmed report suggested it would tackle Jedi origins) with some suggesting they had been fired due to the final season of Game of Thrones to their massive Netflix deal (reportedly worth $200M+) having something to do with it.
What they’ll make next for Netflix hasn’t been announced but producing outside projects such as Lovecraft is certainly interesting. However, they claim that Lovecraft predates the Netflix deal and their involvement ending as producers seemingly would support that.
The original report doesn’t mention when the studio hopes to get Lovecraft into production as getting a director and cast will be the next big step.