John August Rewriting “Lovecraft” Script

John August (“Big Fish,” “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”) is the latest scribe to have a go at the screenplay for “The Strange Adventures of H.P. Lovecraft” at Universal and Imagine Entertainment reports Tracking Board.

Mac Carter and Jeff Blitz penned the graphic novel which 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.

The story also borrows elements from the legendary horror author’s life, such as his family’s struggle with mental illness and his own bouts with writer’s block.

Back in early 2009 it was reported that Carter was adapting the script himself with Ron Howard potentially directing. Howard’s commitments to the adaptation of Stephen King’s “The Dark Tower” however means someone else is likely to take over (though Howard and Grazer are still expected to produce.

With no director currently aboard, there’s no start date as yet.