This is the second part of the interview with Huan Vu, first part can be found here.
Beside your film, is there any « lovecraftian » film you could recommend us ?
Lately I was really intrigued by « Midsommar » and also by « The Lighthouse » after I cracked the nut and understood what it is about. You can maybe argue if they really count as Lovecraftian, but they are rightfully seen as the new spear head edge of arthouse horror.
Definitely Lovecraftian and not known to many is the mid-length film « AM 1200 » by David Prior. He finally got to make a full budget feature film, I found out recently : « The Empty Man », it will be released to US theaters in August.
Then there is the animated short « The Pride of Strathmoor » by Einar Baldvin that turns around Lovecraft’s racism. The new HBO series « Lovecraft Country » will hopefully follow a similar route, since that’s an aspect of Lovecraft’s works that needs to be addressed and repositioned by contemporary artists.
And then there are these two great films by the H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society, « The Call of Cthulhu » and « The Whisperer in Darkness ». Both made in the same fashion one would have adapted the respective story at the time of its publication — as a black and white silent film and as one of the first talkies.
S.T. Joshi considers your film to be one of the best adaptations of Lovecraft’s works. He also told us he is looking forward your next movie. How do feel about that ?
Oh, that’s a great honour ! Really glad about hearing that from someone who studied H.P. Lovecraft’s life and works for most of his life, who knows ten times more about it than me — this means a lot to me.
It’s maybe like adapting a story from « The Silmarillion » by J.R.R. Tolkien and then his son Christopher Tolkien who studied and edited his father’s work tells you that you did a very good job.
So, you’re currently working on a new film set in Lovecraft’s Dreamlands. Can you tell us more about this project ?
After the success with « Die Farbe » we were looking for another story by H.P. Lovecraft to adapt, but couldn’t really find one sticking out. « Celephais » and « The White Ship » are among my favourite stories by him and so the idea came to take the often overlooked Dreamlands stories, put them into a box, shake it, and see what comes out.I think Lovecraft would have approved, he was always open for others to build upon his worlds and ideas and expecially the Dreamlands fit into this concept.
We had a very successful crowdfunding and crowdinvesting in 2014, received screenplay funding and had talks with big producers and investors from the US and China. During the time waiting for the big budget we produced a Warhammer 40,000 web series titled « Eternal War », only the first episode was completed so far though :
Since unfortunately everything fell apart in 2017, the investors pulled out and we reverted back to our old plan — to produce the movie on our own, as a small independent film like « Die Farbe ».
In 2018 we finally had our first block of shooting, but one year later, when we wanted to make plans for a second block, our main actor decided to leave the project. It was a shock, but we recovered and will start anew, now equipped with a new, even better screenplay that I have written last winter. Due to Corona we won’t resume shooting before 2021, and it will take some time to complete this project — but we will get there. I am as much convinced of « The Dreamlands » as I had been of « Die Farbe » back then. I am still in love with this project despite all the years that have passed, and I think that’s a very good sign. We are still trying to do something that no one else has done before.
After these two adaptations, would you be tempted to make a film with an original story of your own ?
I would love to, there are other stories in my mind. I received screenplay funding for a martial arts thriller dealing with German-Vietnamese from North and South Vietnam in West and East Germany, but it hasn’t come to fruition yet. I know that I have to rewrite it to attract producers and investors, since the first draft wasn’t good enough, but I have to fully focus on « The Dreamlands » first.
Maybe there won’t be another film after «The Dreamlands » but that’s ok for me. I’d be happy and proud to be the director of these two films only.
Thank you so much for answering my questions !
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