Which is to say, they’re gonna take a stab at THE COLOUR OUT OF SPACE. That HPLHS newspaper is full of win, by the way. I dunno how much sense it makes for non-Mythos fans, but from my point of view it’s primo stuff.
The major objection I have to picking it up on the spot is that I have a hand-knit Skyrim hat to wear this winter already. Also, I’m not sure why I should care that it’s ‘20% egg protein yarn.’ At any rate: on the Wish List.
As it happens, one of my readers knows Sandy Petersen, who is one of the executive producers for the H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society‘s The Whisperer in Darkness movie (and for the RPG buffs out there: yes, that Sandy Petersen). Sandy was happy to answer some of my questions about the movie. The interview’s after the fold: we conducted it by email, so at least you won’t have to listen to me for once.
I have to say: it’s not the primary focus of my online activities these days, more’s the pity – but it’s nice to just have some unambiguously game-related material for a change. Especially since it involves the chance to talk to somebody who created the game which currently takes up half a shelf of my gaming bookshelf. The movie is currently being shown abroad; hopefully, they’ll be showing it in the States this summer/fall somewhere that’s close to DC.
(Via Nodwick) And it will not be a light romantic comedy set in modern Nebraska. Do you think that I jest? Go look at what they did to Exit To Eden if you want to see what Hollywood can do to a book. Not going to be a problem here:
The main issues that financiers have had is that del Toro needed his movie to be a period film, and he needed it to be R-rated. Movies like that are really hard to market, and so studios, such as Universal in this case, haven’t wanted to pay for it.
So why would Universal decide that they were finally ready to take the risk? One name: James Cameron. According to the reports, the Avatar director has decided to back del Toro’s vision and come on as a producer. Not only that, but the movie will be in 3D, and there’s no one else on the planet right now that you want in your corner when it comes to 3D more than James Cameron. They even plan to start pre-production immediately with hopes of filming some time next summer.
Cameron’s a bit of a… wonderful person who is going to help put one of Lovecraft’s most epic vistas on the screen… but he knows how to do big, and big is what you need when you’re doing a horror/adventure story about a lost, pre-human Antarctic city. There’s been a real dearth of big-screen Mythos movies that have been mainstream successes – I count three, in fact, and none of them are officially Lovecraft films* – so I’m kind of hoping that this one takes off.
I would like to note for the record that I am so stoked for this:
“This” being the movie adaptation of HP Lovecraft’s The Whisperer In Darkness. The same people who did The Call of Cthulhu a couple of years ago; you may remember that I watched and enjoyed that one a good deal. I expect that I will enjoy this one possibly a bit more, if only because I prefer talkies to silent pictures.