Deadline is reporting that David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, the showrunners behind Game of Thrones, have signed a deal with Warner Brothers to create an adaptation of Hans Rodionoff’s graphic novel Lovecraft.
The film will be written by Phil Hay and Matt Manfredi, the writing/producing team behind Destroyer and The Invitation.
Lovecraft is set in the 1920s and works under the supposition that the monsters H.P. Lovecraft wrote about were, in fact, real. Rodionoff, in the graphic novel, imagines a scenario in which the author actually becomes the keeper of a piece of the infamous Necronomicon interweaving actual events from the author’s life into the narrative.
“Trapped in a world of macabre creatures and grotesque thoughts,” the synopsis says, “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.”
There is no word yet on how closely the adaptation will follow the narrative of the novel.
Benioff and Weiss have had their eyes on the property for some time, but were unable to work on it due to the demands of Game of Thrones.
The work of H.P. Lovecraft has always been tricky to adapt. Even putting his often overt racism aside, when a man spends his time writing about horrors which will drive a man insane just by looking at them, bringing that type of fear to the big screen is daunting and nearly impossible to pull off successfully.
All eyes will certainly be on this project to see how it evolves.