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Guillermo Del Toro Trying Once More For A Tom Cruise Infused ‘At The Mountains Of Madness’

Your daily grain of salt here, please take me before reading this article. Guillermo del Toro, the man of a million projects (wisely) in development, has made overtures about giving his H.P. Lovecraft adaptation of At the Mountains of Madness another shot.

The project died at Universal back in 2011 due to budget issues, and recently del Toro seemed leery of reviving it due to perceived similarities with Ridley Scott’s Prometheus. Well, he saw Prometheus and he doesn’t think it’s such a stumbling blaock after all.

Speaking to the Playlist he said, “I’m going to try it one more time. Once more into the dark abyss… We’re gonna do a big presentation of the project again at the start of the year and see if any [studio’s] interested… Tom [Cruise] is still attached. I think it would be so fantastic to make it with him. He’s been such a great ally of the project.” As for Prometheus he says, “Not really, I saw it finally and.. yes, there are things in common, but, you know, screw it. Lovecraft was there first!

The would-be H.P. Lovecraft adaptation “tells the story of geologist William Dyer, a professor from Miskatonic University. He writes to disclose hitherto unknown and closely kept secrets in the hope that he can deter a planned and much publicized scientific expedition to Antarctica. On a previous expedition there, a party of scholars from Miskatonic University, led by Dyer, discovered fantastic and horrific ruins (including strange fossils of unheard-of creatures and carved stones tens of millions of years old) and a dangerous secret of the City of the Old Ones that lay beyond a range of mountains taller than the Himalayas.

You’ll be able to see GDT’s directing chops back in action when Pacific Rim opens on July 12th.



  • Evil_Flip

    Let’s gather all the virgins we can sacrifice. The old ones will have to listen this time. Guess all we need to do is set up a LAN party. Who’s making flyers?

    • flesheater24

      I’ll make the flyers bring the punch

  • djblack1313


  • flesheater24

    get this shit rollin we need a nice R rated monster movie 🙂

  • lucie-with-a-gun

    yes to the movie.
    but please please no to the tom cruise.

  • divisionbell

    Ph please pull this one off!

  • Weatherface

    I really hope they manage to get this off the ground. I read Del Toro’s script a while back & it’ll make a fantastic film. I’m also skeptical about Tom Cruise, but I think the only way they’ll get the budget they need for this is with a big name attached.

  • evenscarier

    HPL yes! Del Toro, yes! Tom Cruise, No!

  • djblack1313

    if it takes Tom Cruise to get this movie made then i’m fine with Cruise starring in this. we may ONLY get this movie with him as the star. so be it.

  • Since Tom Cruise has been such a great ally, I doubt he’ll drop out and they will need him to get production started. I’m so excited this is back on track!

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