I'd still take Del Toro though.
Yeah...the more I think about it, the more it sounds right. Ok.. Del Toro it is. And I'd like to see At the Mountains of Madness
get made so badly that I don't think I really care who (within reason) makes it at this point.
But it's gonna be tricky not showing too much - or explaining things away too neatly. From Lovecraft's perspective, the 'unknown' he was speaking of was intrinsically unknowable
. That's a tough thing to convey in a movie - although Picnic at Hanging Rock
managed to pull it off IMHO.
However, I think I'll have to disagree with King that Lovecraft didn't like people. His voluminous correspondence (approximately 100,000 letters, many of which contained several pages of very small writing) with friends, fellow authors, and fans seems to fly in the face of that. If Lovecraft were alive today he'd probably be the quintessential Facebook addict.
I suspect it was more that he (as a self-styled "elderly New England gentleman") was very embarrassed by his poverty. And because he couldn't properly receive and entertain visitors in the way he felt he should, that made him shy away from society. Especially since issuing reciprocal social invitations was the norm back then.
People who had met Lovecraft (plus his wife) had nothing but positive things to say about his elegant manners, friendliness, and personal warmth whenever he was in a face to face conversation.
He was, however, put out by rude and loud behavior, And he could be dismissive (according to some) towards those he considered to be socially 'inferior' types. But I hardly think that is a clear indication that he disliked people on the whole.
I know several people who are warm and vivacious and confident when corresponding or using social media - but who come across as being cold and ill at ease in a F2F situation. And closet prejudice and social snobbery aren't such rare behaviors that Lovecraft's manifesting them should set him apart as much different from most people you'll meet. Make a deliberately naive comment in a conversation with a group of people who fancy themselves 'sophisticated' and you'll soon see just how many otherwise 'educated' people are guilty of harboring similar attitudes to those they deem 'beneath' them.
So I'm gonna have to say Mr. King (who I do admire btw) missed the call when it came to HPL.