I'm a massive fan of American horror writer HP Lovecraft. He basically invented modern horror and if you're wondering why you've never heard of him or seen a Lovecraft movie, well, you have, loads, they just didn't credit 'im.
Stranger Things, Alien, The Thing, Hellboy, The X-Files, and everything Guillermo Del Toro's ever done are all inspired by Lovecraft. His work is everywhere and the very best adaptation of one of his best stories, At The Mountains of Madness, is Ridley Scott's classic, ALIEN.
So, why not a 'faithful' Lovecraft adaptation?
His work's long out of copyright and it's a massive, shared-universe of old gods, mad-wizards, ancient monsters, and all kinds of delicious occult madness. Just the sort of thing Netflix and Amazon should be drooling all over.
But ... nothing. Why!?
Simple, his literary style's considered completely unfilmable, which, if you've read Mountains of Madness and then seen ALIEN, you'll know is complete, total and utter BULLSHIT!
To prove it's utter bunk, I decided to adapt my favourite Lovecraft novella, The Shadow Over Innsmouth, to show you how it's done. Then post the finished script to show you just how fucking amazing a straight Lovecraft adaptation could be.
A FAITHFUL LOVECRAFT ADAPTATION?
THE SHADOW OVER INNS
* BBC Writersroom - SHORTLIST
A WEREWOLF ON A
DOGBOYZ was an interesting one.
I was an idea I came up with that pitched itself as it’s a horror about a 'werewolf on a council estate’ and who wouldn’t want to see that!?
The problem I run up against is the limitations and familiarity of the Werewolf genre itself. I wound up having to re-invent it a bit to make it fresh and that’s never easy.
The idea was to find a way to mash together the hugely popular urban crime thriller with a Werewolf story, and the results are exciting, scary, modern and very much a work in progress!
Read it and let me know what you think.
I always write ‘pitches’ for every project and I've included the ones I wrote for DOGBOYZ as coming up with them is incredibly useful as they help clarify, focus and define the essence of a project.
Until you can define your story in a sentence, you don't know what the hell you're writing.
WANTS TO BE A
I’m sucker for a good period comedy.
The DIARY OF A NOBODY is a stone-cold comedy classic. It’s been adapted for radio, TV and the stage countless times, but nobody’s ever adapted it for the screen.
I never actually got round to writing a script, but you’re welcome to read my treatment that updates the action to 1909 and follows a year in the life of bumbling everyman, CHARLES POOTER.
He’s incredibly proud of his new six-room rented home 'The Laurels', in Holloway, his beloved wife Carrie, and his son Lupin who’s just joined the same firm. Unfortunately, over the year, the house falls down, his wife joins the suffragettes, and Lupin causes a stock market crash that almost bankrupts the firm!
It falls to the bewildered, bumbling Pooter to rescue his marriage, his family, and his firm, and in the process Mr. Pooter the proud nobody, somehow manages to become an infamous somebody.
Not much of that happens in the book, but that’s the challenge of adapting something for the screen and what I was going for was Merchant Ivory meets the Simpsons.