Spike Lee is teaming with Stefon Bristol to bring Gordon Hemingway & the Realm of Cthulhu to Netflix, according to a report on Deadline. Based on an original screenplay by Han Woon, the film is set in East Africa in 1928. It focuses on Gordon Hemingway, a “roguish Black American” gunslinger, who teams up with the warrior Princess Zenebe of Ethiopia to rescue the country’s kidnapped regent from an ancient evil. Based on the title, it’s probably safe to say that the Cthulhu mythos is going to play a major role in the movie.
Lovecraft was an infamously racist author so it’s interesting to see his work created with black led stories, much the same as HBO did with Lovecraft Country. The monsters of his stories have also been notoriously difficult to adapt to the screen. With descriptions of his creations such as “defy description” and “drive men to madness” upon sight it’ll be interesting to see how Lee and his team translate that on film.
Gordon Hemingway & the Realm of Cthulhu is produced by Spike Lee and Lloyd and Beatriz Levin. Goodbye Kansas will be producing the visual effects of the film, while Oliver Oftedal and Tom Olsson will co-produce the project on behalf of Infinite Entertainment.