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.”
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Guillermo Del Toro (Pan’s Labyrinth, Hellboy, Pacific Rim) has officially announced that Crimson Peak will be his next feature venture behind the camera. The film is set to start shooting in early 2014, allowing him to finish post-production on Pacific Rim and direct his TV Pilot for “The Strain” (based on the vampire books he co-authored with Chuck Hogan). Legendary Pictures will produce with the expectation it will release through its deal with Warner Bros. In the meantime he’ll be doing a new draft of the script with Lucinda Coxon (Wild Target).
What is Crimson Peak? It sounds like a big-budget tackling of the terrain staked out by many of our favorite Haunted House movies, from classics such as The Haunting all the way up to Kubrick’s version of The Shining, which Del Toro seems to have a particular affinity for. Speaking of that film he told Deadline, “[it's] another Mount Everest of the haunted house movie. I loved the way that Kubrick had such control over the big sets he used, and how much big production value there was. I think people are getting used to horror subjects done as found footage or B-value budgets. I wanted this to feel like a throwback.”
The closest he would get to describing Crimson Peak is this, “a very set-oriented, classical but at the same time modern take on the ghost story. It will allow me to play with the conventions of the genre I know and love, and at the same time subvert the old rules.”
Does this mean his adaptation of HP Lovecraft’s At The Mountains of Madness is dead? Nope! He hopes to bring Legendary Pictures – who I’m assuming are very happy with Pacific Rim to have gone in on this project – onto that one in the future as well.
In an interview with Empire, Pacific Rim director Guillermo del Toro proclaims his string intentions to get the H.P. Lovecraft adaptation of At the Mountains of Madness made, while also dropping a shocking little bit of news.
“I think we may still make it. When I’m brave enough to go and see Prometheus, I’ll know,” Del Toro revealed to the mag. “But for now, I don’t know. We are all nothing but human beings. I go to the theatre, I buy my ticket for Prometheus and I go and see something else, because I’m afraid. I’m not a mental entity, I am also emotional, because the ideas are similar, from what I’ve heard and I’ll see it next week, I promise!”
It’s kind of shocking to hear del Toro explain that he’s yet to see Prometheus, but for good reason. He should relish in the fact that many think Ridley Scott dropped the ball with his interpretation. Maybe del Toro can deliver something a bit more coherent?
Universal Pictures’ 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.” READ MORE
There’s a lot of hype behind Pacific Rim, Guillermo del Toro’s next project that promises ” giant robots fighting monsters.” He recently sat down with MTV to talk up the upcoming production, which he promises is not an invasion flick and will show a new way of having giant robots and monster fighting each other – hopefully, it’s still with fists and weapons…
He also talked a little bit about his heart being ripped in half over the cancellation of At The Mountains Of Madness, which he claims was one of the worst days of his life. He has a script and lead actor ready to go, so hopefully Pacific Rim will give him the leverage he needs to get it made. It might be shelved at the moment, but you know how the saying goes: ph’nglui mglw’nafh Cthulhu R’lyeh wgah’nagl fhtagn.
Among our generation of favorite directors, Guillermo del Toro has to be at the top of many of your lists. The man has directed Cronos, Mimic, The Devil’s Backbone, Blade II, Hellboy, Hellboy II and Pan’s Labyrinth. He’s produced The Orphanage, Splice, Julia’s Eyes and the forthcoming Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark. And in the coming years we’ll be seeing both his literary interpretations of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and H.P. Lovecraft’s At the Mountains of Madness in theaters.
In short, the guy is a genius and striving bring us more high-quality horror than we can even handle.
Ryan Daley sent me a link to what could be the longest article of all-time about the Mexican filmmaker, in which he talks to the New Yorker about developing Hobbit, Frankenstein, and At the Mountains of Madness. Daley was nice enough to pull out some excerpts, with the highlight being Del Toro’s desire to bring us a “hard R” version of At the Mountains of Madness.
I deserve to eat, right? The day of news continues as MTV scored an exclusive interview with genius director/producer James Cameron to walk about that bland looking thriller Sanctum. Keeping this story brief, contrary to recent reports (throwing around names like James McAvoy), Cameron explains that Tom Cruise is still interesting in starring in At the Mountains of Madness.
“Tom does want to do the picture,” Cameron said of Cruise’s continued interest. “I don’t think we have a deal with him yet, but we’re hoping to get that closed soon. Guillermo is madly working on a new draft of the script,” he added. “Hopefully we’ll be shooting by June or July.”
Universal Pictures is producing and Guillermo del Toro is directing this monster H.P. Lovecraft adaptation that 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 and a dangerous secret beyond a range of mountains taller than the Himalayas.
While the Tom Cruise news is six months old, Indiewire did some fresh digging on Guillermo del Toro’s H.P. Lovecraft adaptation At The Mountains Of Madness and discovered that scheduling conflicts might prevent him from starring. In fact, they report that James McAvoy (Wanted, X-Men: First Class) was offered the exact same role. Both need to decide soon as shooting is set for this summer on the James Cameron produced 3-D horror. In addition, offers are also allegedly out to Liam Neeson (Unknown, After.Life), Ron Pearlman (Season of the Witch, Hellboy) and Hugh Jackman (Van Helsing, Wolverine), but again these are just offers. The 1931 tale is deliberately told and increasingly chilling recollection of an Antarctic expedition’s uncanny discoveries-and their encounter with untold menace in the ruins of a lost civilization-is a milestone of macabre literature.
Guillermo del Toro is one of the hardest workers in Hollywood, having his name attached to director or produce one of a handful of projects. One of the most anticipated would be At the Mountains of Madness, an H.P. Lovecraft story that’s being developed over at Universal Pictures. The LA Times caught up with Del Toro who says he’s actively engaged with the project and moving ahead with the tale of the mysteries and monsters on an Antarctic expedition. In fact, just last week Del Toro met with studio Universal for the so-called summit meeting in which he walked executives through his concepts and models for the movie. The script is also ready, he said. So how soon could shooting begin? This summer, he hopes, and possibly as early as June, according to the filmmaker. The biggest reveal is that producer James Cameron is actively involved, and was on hand for the summit.