BC Mag #1: Modernizing Lovecraft: An In-Depth Interview With Alan Moore
Bleeding Cool Magazine article by Adi Tantimedh.
Herbert Philips Lovecraft is arguably the most influential horror writer in the history of English Literature. Virtually every horror writer and filmmaker from Stephen King to John Carpenter to Ramsay Campbell to Neil Gaiman to Guillermo Del Toro cite his work as a major influence on their own work and way of thinking. The handful of horror stories he wrote created a mythology of a dangerous cosmos filled with creatures older than time lying in wait to return and devour the world has been taken up and copied endlessly by other writers and filmmakers for decades after his death, up to the present day. The prospect of adapting Lovecraft?s novel AT THE MOUNTAINS OF MADNESS into a movie is considered a cinematic Holy Grail by filmmakers and horror fans alike.
Alan Moore is one of the latest in the line of writers to tackle Lovecraft?s mythos, but what sets THE COURTYARD and NEONOMICON apart is the degree to what he deconstructs and updates Lovecraft?s themes and preoccupations to the 21st Century and also faces head-on many of the subtexts inherent in Lovecraft?s stories that the author himself never confronted directly.
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It should be of note to your readership that the production company I work for, Stella James Studios, is in late development on a live action/3D animated feature film adaptation of At The Mountains Of Madness. This project was created at about the same time that NBC-Uni dropped the project in March of 2011, and just after Stella James Studios released an audio book version of the story. While the Guillermo Del Toro version seemed doomed from the start due to the bizarre sizes of the proposed budgets (at a time when the industry was - and still is - chopping mega-budget flicks), the Stella James Studios version is entirely independent of mainstream studios. This permits us to be more aggressive and sensitive in casting and storyline as we don't have to attend to the structural prejudices of the majors. Anyone interested should follow news as it happens at stellajamesstudios.com.
Mark, it's actually HOWARD Phillips Lovecraft, not Herbert. I appreciate you managed to take an interview from Alan Moore, one of the best comic book authors and the person who had least luck with film adaptations of his works (none of them, even Watchmen, do justice to the original comics), but at least get old HPL's name right.