Guillermo del Toro is already set to take on J.R.R. Tolkein's world, but H.P. Lovecraft's world isn't far off on the horizon.
"I remember when I was a kid out of the studios came the big event horror movies, The Exorcist, Alien, Jaws, The Shining," del Toro recalled. "It is my hope that this movie will be a tentpole movie [of that sort]. It has the scope of a Shackleton epic exploration movie but it's full of tentacled things."
He added that while it would be faithful to the book, which Lovecraft published in 1936 and dealt with a group of explorers in Antarctica who stumble onto these creatures called "Elder Things," in some extent, it will allow for other creative avenues.
"It's not hard to be faithful to Lovecraft because what is great about the novel is that it's a compilation of really dry scientific annotations that happen to be annotating something really scary. There is no character or dramatic thread," he insisted. "You take those document and you then create a story. If you were [just rigidly faithful] you would be doing a National Geographic special on a crew that disappeared in an exploration mission.
"I'm happy with [my script]," he continued. "I know some people would like a happier ending but I'm happy with the ending there is."
No production schedule has been announced for the film, as of yet.