David Benioff and D.B. Weiss haven't wasted any time in finding a new project to take on. The duo behind HBO's Game of Thrones have joined up with Warner Bros. to tackle an adaptation of the graphic novel Lovecraft, which is a fictionalized look at the life of famed writer H.P. Lovecraft (At the Mountains of Madness, The Rats in the Walls). This comes less than two months after the duo parted ways with Lucasfilm over a proposed Star Wars trilogy.
According to a new report, David Benioff and D.B. Weiss will develop a movie adaptation of Lovecraft for the studio. Phil Hay and Matt Manfredi, who previously penned movies such as Ride Along, Aeon Flux and The Invitation, are set to write the screenplay. Karyn Kusama, director of The Invitation, is on board as a producer.
It's not yet clear if they intend to direct the movie themselves, or if they will merely develop the project and serve as producers, paving the way for another director to come on board when the time is right. For what it's worth, the two only have a few Game of Thrones episodes under their belts as directors. This news comes after the Game of Thrones duo exited their Star Wars project, which they were going to direct, setting up a new trilogy that was rumored to take place during the Knights of the Old Republic era.
Lovecraft was originally published by DC Comics' imprint Vertigo in 2004. It was written by Hans Rodionoff. The book centers on a young Howard Phillips Lovecraft who becomes the reluctant guardian of the Necronomicon, which pushes his life into strange territory. The book is a blend of reality inspired by the writer's life, as well as a work of fiction that imagines a world in which the monsters he wrote about were real. That's particularly important, as it's said the movie will play with the notion that Lovecraft wasn't making all of these monsters up.
As far as plot details go, it's said the movie will take place in the 1920s and feature the Cthulhu as its main monster. That's all that has been revealed for the time being. For David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, this represents yet another major deal following the conclusion of Game of Thrones, which wrapped up its eight-season run earlier this year. Even though the show's final season proved to be quite polarizing, the two are in high-demand as creatives in Hollywood right now.
Back in August, Benioff and Weiss signed a massive deal with Netflix, which will see them developing projects for the streaming service. Originally, their first Star Wars movie was supposed to be released in December 2022 and would have served as the first movie in the franchise following this month's The Rise of Skywalker. It's been reported that the deal with Netflix may have been a factor, as Lucasfilm had doubts about them being able to balance both things at the same time. With that in mind, it seems less likely they will ultimately direct Lovecraft. We'll have to wait and see how this plays out. This news comes to us via Deadline.