Fictionalized Adventures of H.P. Lovecraft comic heads for film

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Dec 14, 2012, 3:54 PM EST

Universal has bought the film rights to The Strange Adventures of H.P. Lovecraft, Image Comics' graphic novel, created by Mac Carter and Jeff Blitz, Variety reported.

The project is envisioned as a potential directing vehicle for Ron Howard. The book drops on April 8.

The graphic novel borrows elements from Lovecraft's life, such as his family's struggle with mental illness and his own bouts with writer's block, and transforms the young writer's darkest nightmares into reality when he comes across a book that puts a curse on him and lets the evils he conjures up loose on the world.

Lovecraft, who died in 1937, is considered one of the most influential horror writers of the 20th century.

Carter, a commercial director, will pen the script and serve as executive producer alongside Blitz. Imagine Entertainment's Brian Grazer and Howard are producers.