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Shawn Francis
07-29-2010, 12:11 PM
Found this story on Fangoria, which they got from Deadline. I may be jumping the gun here posting this, since it's not officially confirmed, but since I'm a BIG fan of Lovecraft, the urge NOT to post it never even entered my mind.

Christ, I hope this is true!

DEADLINE (http://www.deadline.com/2010/07/guillermo-del-toro-and-james-cameron-ready-to-climb-at-the-mountains-of-madness-together-at-universal/):

EXCLUSIVE: Since he left The Hobbit, Guillermo del Toro's next film has been a hot topic of conversation. I'm hearing he will next direct At The Mountains Of Madness, an adaptation of the HP Lovecraft tale that will be shot as a 3D film for Universal Pictures. The big surprise is that Avatar director James Cameron will come aboard as a producer. Del Toro was non-committal when I asked him about the prospect of Mountains days ago as we discussed the Comic-Con reaction to Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark. But when del Toro announced at Comic-Con he'd cowrite and produce Haunted Mansion, he told the crowd he'd set his next film shortly, and that it would be scary. At the Mountains of Madness fits that bill, even for del Toro and Universal. The film will be a big ticket item, shot in 3D where Cameron's expertise can really help. Cameron has said he won't put his name on many future movies outside of the 3D reboot of Fantastic Voyage at Fox, but I've heard he's making an exception for del Toro. Cameron's presence helped win over the studio. I'm told the film will begin pre-production in the next few weeks, and shoot next summer.

In the Lovecraft tale, a gruesome discovery made during a scientific expedition to the South Pole in the 1930s hints at the true origin of mankind having come from elder gods from another planet. Bad things happen when those life forms are awakened.

The project is years in the works for del Toro and producers Susan Montford and Don Murphy, and it is easily the most ambitious project contemplated by the Pan's Labyrinth director. I just put the film high on the list of dream projects for the geek crowd, after it came up numerous times in discussion with geek-savvy film executives, writers and dealmakers.

Mountains was first set up at DeamWorks in 2004 by del Toro and Real Steel producers Montford and Murphy. Del Toro and Matthew Robbins wrote the script, which they are now retooling. The package was acquired by Universal when del Toro made a big overall deal there in 2007, when Universal green lit del Toro's Hellboy 2 and hoped to establish him as a cornerstone filmmaker. Those plans were put on hold when del Toro surprised the studio and accepted the offer to co-write and direct two installments of JRR Tolkien's The Hobbit.

Del Toro dropped out of that project earlier this summer, after completing the writing of the two films, and the design of the first installment and half of the second. He cited the uncertainty of a production start due to the paralysis of MGM, which controls the rights along with Warner Bros. Del Toro pledged that he would return to the many plum projects his company is developing at Universal, including films like Frankenstein and the Kurt Vonnegut novel Slaughterhouse-Five. I’m confident that shortly he will be giving Universal one of the most ambitious films on its slate.

Del Toro is repped by WME and manager Gary Ungar.

Troy Howarth
07-29-2010, 12:29 PM
Just read an interview with him the other day in which he said that ATMOM was on his plate - but that it wasn't going to be his next project.

Shawn Francis
07-29-2010, 12:37 PM
I read that, too, which makes no sense when an article like this appears all over the web. Dammit, though, I'm praying he was just jacking us around, and this here is the real truth of the matter.

Terry Carpenter
07-29-2010, 12:46 PM
If this is true I'm jumping for joy.

Troy Howarth
07-29-2010, 12:51 PM
I'll watch whatever he makes - I've really admired his work thus far. I'm also looking forward to his take on Frankenstein.

Shawn Francis
07-29-2010, 01:10 PM
I have never been a big fan of FRANKENSTEIN, but after reading what he wants to do with the creature, design wise, I may check it out. Besides, in my book, he's got a pretty good track record of making movies I like to watch.

cworkman
07-29-2010, 01:16 PM
I really like Del Toro, especially his smaller arthouse movies. I'd love to see him mix those smaller horror motifs with something big, like a Frankenstein movie or Lovecraft adaptation. And since AT THE MOUNTAINS OF MADNESS is one of my favorite stories (though I prefer the non-Cthulu tale THE PICTURE IN THE HOUSE), I'd LOVE for Del Toro to make this.

Troy Howarth
07-29-2010, 01:16 PM
I have never been a big fan of FRANKENSTEIN, but after reading what he wants to do with the creature, design wise, I may check it out. Besides, in my book, he's got a pretty good track record of making movies I like to watch.

I hope he doesn't want to get too overblown with the creature design. It's a wondeful story, though I doubt anyone will ever top what Whale did with it.

Blake L.
07-29-2010, 01:27 PM
Just read an interview with him the other day in which he said that ATMOM was on his plate - but that it wasn't going to be his next project.

The movie looks like a sure thing, but without an official announcement, I'll hold off on plotzing.

I imagine that if this is true, it was James Cameron coming aboard as a producer that sealed the deal.

John G.
07-29-2010, 01:30 PM
Del Toro's best works are his smaller ones... DEVIL'S BACKBONE, PAN'S LABYRINTH... can't wait for Criterion to release CRONOS!

Terry Carpenter
07-29-2010, 01:43 PM
I'll watch whatever he makes - I've really admired his work thus far. I'm also looking forward to his take on Frankenstein.

I didn't know he was directing an adaptation, I'm looking forward to it though. I'm sure the film will be beautifully poetic as well as dark.

Shawn Francis
07-29-2010, 01:47 PM
Now, if I'm recalling this correctly, he wants to base the design of FRANKENSTEIN on Bernie Wrightson's artwork. I believe there was also a model kit of Wrightson's monster out at one time, and I really liked the emaciated design.

Wayne Schmidt
07-29-2010, 02:05 PM
A friend of mine who attended ComicCon last weekend said Disney announced another Haunted Mansion movie, this time a serious, creepy one. They mentioned they had a "special director" for the project who was here for the evening, then brought out Del Toro. The crowd went crazy, after which he said he'd always loved the ride when he was a kid and was looking forward to bringing the scarier qualities to a film. It could be good, actually. I could see him doing a "Haunting" style movie that would work.

Strange though that I haven't seen this reported anywhere else . . . . Maybe it's just a the "in development" (aka "might never happen") stage.

Troy Howarth
07-29-2010, 03:09 PM
A friend of mine who attended ComicCon last weekend said Disney announced another Haunted Mansion movie, this time a serious, creepy one. They mentioned they had a "special director" for the project who was here for the evening, then brought out Del Toro. The crowd went crazy, after which he said he'd always loved the ride when he was a kid and was looking forward to bringing the scarier qualities to a film. It could be good, actually. I could see him doing a "Haunting" style movie that would work.

Strange though that I haven't seen this reported anywhere else . . . . Maybe it's just a the "in development" (aka "might never happen") stage.

There was definitely a news piece about this online... I think I read it at the Huffington Post, but I'm not sure.

RichardDoyle
07-29-2010, 05:18 PM
I read it here:

http://www.avclub.com/articles/disney-hires-guillermo-del-toro-to-make-new-eddie,43407/

This just popped up today, which seems to confirm "At the Mountains of Madness" as his next project backed by James Cameron:

http://www.avclub.com/articles/guillermo-del-toro-and-james-cameron-possibly-coll,43609/

Chuk H
08-03-2010, 02:34 AM
Hot damn! Hope it happens!

Wostry Ferenc
03-08-2011, 11:12 AM
it's over

http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/newsdesk/2011/03/guillermo-del-toro-madness-has-gone-dark.html

Troy Howarth
03-08-2011, 11:20 AM
That's a shame. I wonder if he did a PG-13 version for theatres if it could get the financing? But then, I'm sure a number of viewers would steer clear and wait for the video release...

Terry Carpenter
03-08-2011, 04:23 PM
This is sad news indeed. I don't know about the 3D aspect in the long run, but I do hope another studio picks this up.

R. Olson
03-08-2011, 04:39 PM
That sux big time!!! I'm surprised that even with Cameron's backing the film was having a hard time getting greenlit! Hopefully neither of them will give up and maybe get the project back off the ground again sometime in the future....

Pete Bogh
03-09-2011, 01:30 PM
Bummer news, but I am honestly happy that he didn't compromise on the intended rating. I did not want to see a Hellboy-fied Lovecraft story of pumped-up visual noise and cg nonsense, and I also didn't want to see the horror elements of Lovecraft subjugated into a more whimsical fantasy/adventure designed to be palatable for a wider audience demographic, or whatever. Seriously, fuck PG-13, the rating which is now code for 'gutless, cowardly, playing it safe, protecting our investment', etc. I hope another studio is more open to taking the risk on this thing.

Troy Howarth
03-09-2011, 01:35 PM
Not for that kind of proposed budget, they won't... Sadly, PG-13 would be the realistic option for a major mainstream release...

Pete Bogh
03-09-2011, 08:44 PM
I would think that regardless of a stunning budget, having James Cameron at a meeting as the producer would uniquely separate your monster-movie pitch from the rest of the pack, for better or worse. Regardless of what anyone thinks of the films themselves, the guy still has a couple of the highest-grossing of all-time (?) under his belt.

Don't get me wrong - I'm a Lovecraft fan and I actually don't need anymore failed or out-right parody adaptations of his work, but an R-rated version of this story with magnificent design teams behind it would be moving in a direction which can make even a cynic like me excited.