Feeling a little insecure, because I only scored 34% on the Geek Test. Chris Busse says it's because of my geek shame - that I was unconsciously trying to score low. But hey - I really don't have a computer that runs linux. It's broken. And I don't have subscriptions to science fiction or financial magazines. Anymore. And I only know the name of one character from the Dragonlance novels. And I haven't collected comics since Neil Gaiman stopped writing Sandman. So there.
Speaking of geek culture, they really have to make a Call of Cthulhu movie. I've been thinking this ever since I heard about Bethesda's game. I thought "How much mindshare can Call of Cthulhu" really have? So I did the Google test - Cthulhu gets one million hits. By way of comparison, "Van Helsing" gets 600000, "League of Extraordinary Gentlemen" gets 150000, and "The Hulk" gets 600000. Instead of milking comic books dry, if movie makers want to tap some untapped geek culture, this is the place to do it. I'm not saying it would be X-Men or Lord of The Rings - I'm just saying it would do a damn sight better than freaking "League of Extraordinary Gentlemen".
There have been some crappy Lovecraft movies already that didn't do too well, but I chalk that up to not really trying. These were low budget, low marketing dollar things. If they pumped as much money into a Call of Cthulhu movie as they did into LXG or Van Helsing I'm sure they'd have a success on their hands.
Here's my advice if you've got a hundred million dollars to throw around, and want to see some ROI: buy Arkham House, Chaosium, and the people who make the Cthulhu plush dolls. (Thanks to the Cthulhu plush dolls, Mark Nau's daughter has been quoted as saying, "Cthulhu was bad and is having a time-out." That works on so many levels.) Fund a big-budget movie. Get Gore Verbinski to direct, and Sean Connery to play the sea captain. Gore is good because he's done both horror and boats. It's more important to get him than Sean. Then, stay true to the book, for Christ's sake! You don't have to be perfectly true; I'm talking Lord of The Rings, X-Men, or Spider-Man true. Don't do the i robot, League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Starship Troopers thing, because you will alienate the hardcore audience and when the casual audience asks the hardcore audience, "Hey, you're an expert, should I see this movie?" the hardcore will say, "No."
I can see it now; the movie would be a period piece, set in the 1920's - the first two thirds would be psychological terror a la The Ring and then the last third, when Cthulhu has risen from his watery grave, would be monster movie. BUT - do not use good lighting and clear cinematography on Cthulhu - just looking at him is supposed to drive men mad - do flash cuts like on the corpses in The Ring, have him in shadow, have him look totally different from different angles, only show a piece of him at time. Let people's imagination scare them. Verbinski is good at that.
And don't worry about the fact that nobody knows how to pronounce Cthulhu. Pick a pronunciation and after you saturate the world with movie trailers, you'll have standardized it. I'd say keep the hard C sound in front because it sounds cooler.
So what are you waiting for? Go do it. I want to see that movie. And if you get even richer...can I have a taste?