H.P Lovecraft

The world of television and film production is a terribly unpredictable thing.  What’s here today is gone tomorrow and then right back in production come Wednesday morning tea-time.  The latest Hollywood flip-flop involves the potential works of the great and powerful Guillermo del Toro.  It looks like he’s going to be giving another shot at getting At the Mountains of Madness done and also that his Hulk TV show is sliding slowly but surely down the drain.

The adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft’s At the Mountains of Madness has been peed all over several times, despite del Toro’s eagerness to get it done.  The final boot came because of what del Toro believes to be a too-high budget and an inevitable R rating that would discourage ticket sales.  But, according to a recent interview with The Playlist, the director isn’t quite ready to shut this one down.

He had this to say:

I’m going to try it one more time. Once more into the dark abyss. We’re gonna do a big presentation of the project again at the start of the year and see if any [studio’s] interested.

And this as well:

Yeah, Tom [Cruise] is still attached. I think it would be so fantastic to make it with him. He’s been such a great ally of the project.

Well, it’s not exactly a big thumbs up, but at least he’s still interested.  With any luck, Lovecraft’s amazing story will get the del Toro treatment and horror fans everywhere will have a very happy day to look forward to.

On the other end of the spectrum, The Hulk television series is seeing some hard times.  While it’s not completely dead, it is looking rather bleak for the angry, green-skinned hero.  Del Toro is, apparently, waiting for the lazy bastards at Marvel Studios to get off their asses and secure a writer and has been for several months.

Of course, there are more than a few issues surrounding a potential Hulk TV series.  It’s unlikely that we’d see Mark Ruffalo jumping on board with a long-term television endeavor and, given the desire of the studio to maintain continuity across all their projects, there aren’t a lot of options left without him.

Personally, I don’t care which or what del Toro makes in the future – I’ll watch every one.  Everything he does is excellent and I’ll be in the theater or in front of my TV regardless.  And if neither of these go through, I’ll just sit around and wait for the inevitable Hellboy 3 or Pacific Rim 2 to come.

 

Thanks to BleedingCool for the heads-up.

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There are few truly funny moments involving H.P Lovecraft. One of them was the time I was role-playing with my friends, and my friend Patrice (forever getting us into trouble and ruining out poor GM’s plots) replied to an instruction not to say “ya” more than once with “ya ya ya yadiya ya, okay- what happens!?” (he’s been the one of us to manage to miss reading The Call of Cuthulu). My friend Jeff turned to our beleaguered GM, Dale, and said somberly, “Can my character run very, vey fast?”. Dale just sighed, I put my head on the table and started laughing, and Patrice looked confused. The other funny Lovecraft moment is this short film.

In “Late Bloomer”, a Sundance Film from 2005, a class of seventh graders are treated to Sex-Ed by their teacher, Ms. Lovecraft. Of course, we all know that with a teacher’s name like that, the sexual organs are going to come to life and something creepy is going to happen. The twist to this hilarious film, directed by Craig Macneill and written by Clay McLeod Chapman, is that the narrator is a seventh grade boy using Lovecraft’s tone and style. The description of the reproductive organs and how they began to “reach out” for him with “hypnotic ovaries” has some pretty genius special effects and well as being funny. The “ritual” when the kids are chanting “vagina” over and over and the girl start “writhing” in their seats makes me remember writhing from sheer embarrassment -but at least we didn’t have to deal with boys in the class…that more awkward than I already was at that age. The parallels both to Lovecraft and to actual Sex Ed are awesome. The whole this definatley made my experience of sex-ed on Catholic School seem less disturbing. “Hail yag saggoth vagina” was my favorite line, though it was hard to choose. For once, I have nothing bad to say. Except maybe “ya, ya, ya”!

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