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Howard Phillips Lovecraft (1890 - 1937) war ein Fremder in seiner Zeit, ein Sonderling, der sich schon früh von seiner Umwelt abkapselte, um sich ganz in die Welt der Bücher zurückzuziehen. Er war aber auch ein Legendenschöpfer, ein Visionär, ein "literarischer Kopernikus", der seine Träume, Ängste und Phantasien in abgewandelter Form zu Papier brachte...

Seine größte Schöpfung ist der einzigartige Mythos um die "Großen Alten" von den Sternen: der große Cthulhu, das im Meer versunkene R'lyth, das verbotene Buch Necronomicon, der blinde Idiotengott Azathoth, die verderbten Städte Dunwich, Arkham und Innsmouth an der Küste der USA...

Lovecraft nahm starken Einfluss auf die Popkultur... Besonders deutlich zeigt sich das im Medium Film...

Neben einigen kleinen Produktionen wie Sascha Renninger's Kurzfilm "The Unnamable" ist auch eine Big-Budget-Lovecraft-Produktion in Arbeit: Regisseur Guillermo del Toro plant eine Verfilmung von "At the Mountains of Madness" - dt. Titel: "Berge des Wahnsinns" !!! Daneben werkelt Stuart Gordon (u.a. "Re-Animator") an einer Verfilmung von "Das Ding auf der Schwelle"... Ausserdem wird H.P. Lovecraft in "The Arcanum" (2010) höchst selbst gegen eine übernatürliche Bedrohung ankämpfen... Und dann wäre da noch die Comic-Verfilmung "The Strange Adventures of H.P. Lovecraft"...

Lovecraft & Cthulhu

[08.03.2011] Wie CS! meldet, liegt Guillermo del Toro's "Mountains of Madness" ein weiteres Mal auf Eis... *g*
[...] Guillermo del Toro has confirmed that At the Mountains of Madness is no longer moving forward at Universal Pictures, which means Pacific Rim will be his next project and he'll start shooting in September. [...]

[04.02.2011] MTV sprach mit James Cameron über die Besetzung von Guillermo del Toro's "Mountains of Madness"...
[...] One big burning question still left to answer revolves around casting, and even more specifically, whether rumored lead actor contender Tom Cruise has officially signed onto the project yet. Del Toro flat out deflected the question when MTV News asked him about Cruise's interest back in September, but we had a bit more luck when we bugged Cameron about it recently, during the press day for "Sanctum."
"Tom does want to do the picture," Cameron said of Cruise's continued interest. "I don't think we have a deal with him yet, but we're hoping to get that closed soon. Guillermo is madly working on a new draft of the script," he added. "Hopefully we'll be shooting by June or July." [...]
"We are rewriting slightly the screenplay we’ve had for 12 years," del Toro said. "There [are] movies that have come out that have done things that are similar to some of the stuff we were trying," he said.
"Matthew [Robbins] and I believe that a screenplay like that you have to tackle again every so often. We tackled it last about two years ago, [when] Matt and I felt like we needed to rewrite some stuff. Matt is my greatest writing partner because we keep updating anything we haven’t shot, we keep saying, 'Let’s do another rewrite,' ...Thirteen years ago it was a big challenge, but right now what we’re doing is keeping it alive," he said.

[02.02.2011] The New Yorker besuchte und sprach mit Guillermo del Toro; herausgekommen ist ein langer und sehr interessanter Bericht über GDT's Schaffen, u.a. geht es auch um "Mountains of Madness": Diverse Entwürfe der "Monster" werden beschrieben und mehr... Und hier der letzte Stand in Sachen Verfilmung...
[...] Universal wasn’t quite ready to give the project a green light. Del Toro went to another meeting, and then another. As of late January, the project remained potential energy. Del Toro was confident that his creatures would one day roam the multiplex, but I remembered that he had called Hollywood "the Land of the Slow No." [...]

[29.01.2011] Peter Osteried sprach mit Huan Vu, dem Autor und Regisseur der Lovecraft-Verfilmung "Die Farbe", die kürzlich auf Blu-ray & DVD erschienen ist...

[06.01.2011] Examiner sprach mit Ron Perlman...
[...] You’re expected to work with filmmaker Guillermo del Toro on "Hellboy 3" and "At the Mountains of Madness." What’s the status of those movies?
He was trying to do "Mountains of Madness." That’s been his number-one labor-of-love movie that he’s been trying to do for a number of years. I think that was the one he identified as the next one he’d like to do. Because I’ve been away working and he’s been away doing other stuff, I haven’t had a chance to catch up with him personally to see everything’s going and where everything is at. [...]

[28.12.2010] Bei B-D gibt es einen Trailer und Infos zur Horror-Komödie "The Last Lovecraft: Relic of Cthulhu", die am 15. Februar 2011 in den USA auf DVD erscheint...

[26.09.2010] Guillermo del Toro sprach mit MTV über das Gerücht, dass Ron "Hellboy" Perlman in "At the Mountains of Madness" mitwirken wird...
[...] "All I can tell you is if Ron Perlman is free, he will be in," del Toro told us. "I wrote a part for him. He read it and if everything falls in place, Ron Perlman has a role in it written specifically for him."
So we can now shift this bit of cinema gossip from "rumor" to "reality." Whether Perlman is free and able to sign on is another question. Del Toro is currently deep into pre-production on the film, and there's no firm word on when shooting will begin. But whenever it does, del Toro is hoping Perlman is on board.
"Ron plays Larson, the sort of dog guy, the guy that cares for the dogs and the sled - the part of the expedition that is dog sleds," he explained. "It's a fantastic character. I really love him. He's sort of a pragmatic guy, doesn't care about science or the mythology or the cosmology. He just is a hard-boiled Nordic man, and it is written specifically for him."

[23.09.2010] Bei STYD gibt es neue Statements von Guillermo del Toro zu "At the Mountains of Madness"...
[...] "We've been designing for the last 3-weeks. It's being produced by James Cameron, who's been a friend for 20-years," del Toro said, "we have avoided working together until the time came for the right project. Obviously, the difference between the novella and the movie is that Lovecraft had a gift for making everything specifically ambiguous. He would say 'the leering face loaded with madness,’ or 'the evil perverse entity of unnamable'… everything was unnamable, indescribable. When you're reading you go,'Whoa!' your brain fills those spaces. For every creature, everyone has a secret mental image of what those creatures look like. It's going to be impossible to please everyone." [...]
"I've been thinking of those monsters for twenty years. Fortunately for me no one has done monsters like the ones I'm doing. In all the movies ever made there's never been monsters like the ones we're doing. About two weeks ago we were visited by Dennis Muren. He looked at the designs, and he turned to us and said, 'No one has seen monsters like this ever.' I was like, [boyish grin] 'Yeah!' I was happy and vindicated and all that. All I'm telling you is to me some of these monsters are more real than many of my cousins. [laughs] I mean, I have to point to them when we're at dinner, [whispers] 'who's that, Pedro? PEDRO!' But monsters I know what they had for lunch, for dinner, the biological condition, where they come from. I know all these questions because I live with them in my mind all the time."
"It's not only because I want it to be unique, it's because the way I have imagined the creatures for years is my own. I think monsters have to be powerful, fascinating, and you have to be fascinated in the most strict sense of the word. You cannot avert your eyes from them. There's a school of thought that says the unseen is more powerful, and I agree to a point. Then there is another type of horror movie that is a monster movie, in which the fascination of seeing the monster, and seeing the monster do its deed, is very powerful. Most people watch National Geographic secretly waiting to watch the lion attack the gazelle. [laughs] Ultimately, I think there is a part of monster lore that requires the payoff." [...]

[17.09.2010] Bei Collider gibt es ein Video-Interview mit Guillermo del Toro, der u.a. über "At the Mountains of Madness" plaudert... Hier nur ein kurzer Abriss...
[...] del Toro gave me a scoop when he revealed Dennis Muren is designing the monsters! Muren told him "you’ve never seen monsters like this." If you don’t who Dennis Muren is... look over his resume and you’ll know when it’s so cool that he’s involved. He went on to say the film isn’t greenlit yet, he’ll be talking to some Lovecraft scholars to get their input on the script, hopes to make the movie without interference, explained how he got James Cameron involved, and says the film suffers from two big issues: it’s a hard core R rated movie and it’s a horror tentpole with a big budget. [...]

[03.09.2010] Wie Collider meldet, wünscht sich Guillermo del Toro Tom Cruise als Hauptdarsteller in "At the Mountains of Madness", während Universal gerne James McAvoy hätte...

[18.08.2010] Bei STYD gibt es ein Video-Interview mit James Cameron, der Guillermo del Toro's AT THE MOUNTAINS OF MADNESS produziert...

[12.08.2010] MarketSaw sprach mit James Cameron...
[...] Cameron confirms he is producing Guillermo del Toro's AT THE MOUNTAINS OF MADNESS. The movie will be shot in native 3D using next generation FUSION 3D cameras from Pace. The project came up only 2 or 3 weeks ago when Cameron asked about if del Toro was still interested in it. As del Toro was clearly excited to do it, Cameron said "let's do it". They took it to Universal with both of them attached to the fast tracked project and now it looks like it will be going in the 2nd quarter of 2011. [...]

[01.08.2010] Deadline meldet...
Since he left The Hobbit, Guillermo del Toro's next film has been a hot topic of conversation. I'm hearing he will next direct At The Mountains Of Madness, an adaptation of the HP Lovecraft tale that will be shot as a 3D film for Universal Pictures. The big surprise is that Avatar director James Cameron will come aboard as a producer. Del Toro was non-committal when I asked him about the prospect of Mountains days ago as we discussed the Comic-Con reaction to Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark. But when del Toro announced at Comic-Con he'd cowrite and produce Haunted Mansion, he told the crowd he'd set his next film shortly, and that it would be scary. At the Mountains of Madness fits that bill, even for del Toro and Universal. The film will be a big ticket item, shot in 3D where Cameron's expertise can really help. Cameron has said he won't put his name on many future movies outside of the 3D reboot of Fantastic Voyage at Fox, but I've heard he's making an exception for del Toro. Cameron's presence helped win over the studio. I'm told the film will begin pre-production in the next few weeks, and shoot next summer.
In the Lovecraft tale, a gruesome discovery made during a scientific expedition to the South Pole in the 1930s hints at the true origin of mankind having come from elder gods from another planet. Bad things happen when those life forms are awakened.
The project is years in the works for del Toro and producers Susan Montford and Don Murphy, and it is easily the most ambitious project contemplated by the Pan's Labyrinth director. I just put the film high on the list of dream projects for the geek crowd, after it came up numerous times in discussion with geek-savvy film executives, writers and dealmakers. [...]

[26.09.2009] Hero Complex sprach mit dem Regisseur Ron Howard über seine Comic-Verfilmung "The Strange Adventures of H.P. Lovecraft"...
[...] "Look, it's challenging, but if we get it right, it could be really original and psychologically interesting and scary in a great way. And it's a graphic novel, this is new territory for me."
[...] just based on Howard's enthusiam, I'm guessing the comic-book adaptation will be the next movie set for the 55-year-old Oklahoma native. "You just never know," Howard said, "development is a minefield or a high-wire act or whatever you want to call it, but yeah, hopefully that it moves along and I will be directing that one."

[26.03.2009] meldet...
Universal and Imagine Entertainment are gearing up for "The Strange Adventures of H.P. Lovecraft." The studio has bought the film rights to Image Comics’ graphic novel, with the project a potential directing vehicle for Ron Howard. The book bows April 8.
U sparked to "Lovecraft" because its take on classic horror fits in well with the studio’s library of monster fare featuring Dracula, Frankenstein, the Mummy and the Wolf Man, the last of which is being brought back to the bigscreen later this year.
Created by Mac Carter and Jeff Blitz, book borrows elements from Lovecraft’s life, such as his family’s struggle with mental illness and his own bouts with writer’s block, and transforms the young writer’s darkest nightmares into reality when he comes across a book that puts a curse on him and lets the evils he conjures up loose on the world.
Lovecraft, who died in 1937, is considered one of the most influential horror writers of the 20th century.
Carter, a commercial director, will pen the script and serve as executive producer alongside Blitz.
Carter and Blitz both helmed commercials for Anonymous Content, working on spots for such clients as McDonald’s, Yahoo, Coca-Cola and Toyota. Carter has since gone solo and has helmed more than 100 ads for clients.
Imagine’s Brian Grazer and Howard are producers. David Bernardi, shingle’s senior VP, and director of development, Chris Wade, will serve as co-producers.
Image Comics also publishes the popular "Spawn" books, as well as "Witchblade," "WildC.A.T.s," "The Walking Dead" and "Youngblood."

[16.11.2008] Latino Review sprach mit GDT...
[...] How high is H.P. Lovecraft on your list?
Toro: It's at the highest on my list of priorities. The fact is when I struck the Universal deal which is going to keep me busy until 2017, part of the deal is that we do research and development on the digital technology to be able to render the Lovecraft creatures properly, digitally and physically. So we are actively now doing it. You've seen the mechanics and that's just the tip of the iceberg. We're really thinking about creating something that has never been seen on the screen. So we have to create the tools. If I can I would love to do that as soon as I can after 'The Hobbit', but I never know. It might end up that after 'The Hobbit' I do a small movie. John Lennon used to say life is what happens when you're making other plans and it's true. [...]

[14.11.2008] Mr. Beaks von AICN sprach mit Guillermo Del Toro, u.a. über "At the Mountains of Madness"...
Beaks: [...] So once you do come through on the other side of THE HOBBIT, is AT THE MOUNTAINS OF MADNESS still a priority?
Del Toro: One hundred percent. We are developing actively the maquettes, the puppets and the R&D for the digital effects. Part of my deal with Universal is that I will be there somewhat permanently for the live-action, but in exchange I would love to get R&D money to solve the technical problems on AT THE MOUNTAINS OF MADNESS. We are developing tools that are going to be very unprecedented.
Beaks: And then you'll have made so much money with THE HOBBIT that they won't be able to fuck with you. You'll be able to make an H.P. Lovecraft movie on a massive scale.
Del Toro: I must tell you, there wouldn't be a better [outcome] than that. If it happens that way, I will be a very happy man. I think that Lovecraft needs to be given the A-plus treatment. What he is in fiction in my mind... he's the highest caliber of fiction. And he needs to be on film. And so far the only properties that are... not Lovecraft but Lovecraftian and A-plus movies are ALIEN by Ridley Scott and THE THING by John Carpenter. Even though those aren't Lovecraft, they're very Lovecraftian. [...]

[12.10.2008] Unter gibt es Infos & Trailer zu dem Mystery-Thriller "Die Farbe", die auf der Kurzgeschichte "The Colour Out of Space" von H.P. Lovecraft basiert... Sehenswert !!!

[01.09.2008] Fangoria meldet...
[...] Continuing our conversation with Jeffrey Combs that began here, the actor tells us that he recently completed work on his ninth film inspired by the writings of H.P. Lovecraft. "I did a remake of THE DUNWICH HORROR called THE DARKEST EVIL down in Louisiana, directed by Leigh Scott," he tells Fango. "That was sort of a neat thing, because it co-stars Dean Stockwell, back from the original, so I got to know him a little bit. He’s not playing the same role that he did way back when, though."
Considering how strongly Combs is associated with the Lovecraft films of Stuart Gordon, it must have been interesting to do one without him, no? "Yeah, that was sort of strange, but I had sort of a strong little supporting role, so it wasn’t like I was carrying the thing," he says. "But it could turn out to be an interesting movie. I was drawn to the character; it was like nothing I had played before."
And in fact, he reveals, you won’t be seeing him in Gordon’s next planned HPL feature, THE THING ON THE DOORSTEP: "You know, Stuart approached me about that a while ago and wanted me to read it, and quite honestly, I opted out. It has a lot of sex." Must be an awful lot, to outdo the carnal hijinx seen in the duo’s previous RE-ANIMATOR and FROM BEYOND... "It’s kind of wall-to-wall," Combs explains, "because the whole idea is that people get infected by having sex, and so everybody is doing it. And I just said, ‘Stuart, no, thank you,’ because I know how it breaks down and how it is on set, and I didn’t really want to be in that world.
"Stuart was like, ‘Yeah, I know, being in bed with beautiful women all day, it sounds tough,’ " Combs laughs, "and I went, ‘You know, Stuart, actually, it is. I’m married, and I don’t wanna do that.’ It’s not part of my world. It was just too much, it was like, ‘And then they’re writhing, and then they’re humping some more, and then they build to a climax, and then they climax, and sweat..." I wish him all the best with that one, but not every project’s right for me." [...]

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