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Game of Thrones Creators Adapting Graphic Novel Lovecraft

December 13, 2019 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas

The creators of Game of Thrones are taking on a film adaptation that will delve into the mind of the one and only H.P. Lovecraft. Deadline reports that David Benioff and D.B. Weiss are set to producing an adaptation of the graphic novel Lovecraft by Hans Rodionoff, and have tapped Phil Hay and Matt Manfredini to write the script.

Lovecraft is an early 20th century horror author, best known for his famous Cthulhu mythos. A recluse who suffered from mental illness, Lovecraft died in 1937 and left behind such stories as “The Call of Cthulhu,” “Pickman’s Model,” At the Mountains of Madness, The Shadow over Innsmouth, and The Shadow Out of Time. The Cthulhu mythos has grown since his passing in both popularity and depth, encompassing not only other works of written fiction but also films, video games, roleplaying games, music and more.

The report notes that the film will be set in 1920, a year in which Lovecraft wrote Cthulhu mythos stories “Nyarlathotep,” “The Terrible Old Man,” “Celephaïs,” and “The Picture in the House.” The film will be set within the Cthulhu mythos and ask “What if H.P. Lovecraft wasn’t making it up? What if the monsters he created are real?”

The graphic novel, published by Vertigo in 2004, is described as follows:

A fascinating but disturbing study of one of America’s greatest horror writers, the intense LOVECRAFT examines the bizarre life of author and recluse, Howard Phillips Lovecraft. Since his early childhood in the late 1800’s Lovecraft was haunted with dark visions of demons and death. Trapped in a world of macabre creatures and grotesque thoughts, the writer found escape only by weaving his living nightmares into fictional blood curling horror stories. An uncensored tour into a troubled mind, this beautifully painted hardcover edition traces the toils of a man considered both mentally ill and genius as he stumbles across the fine line between reality and insanity.