Guillermo del Toro May Finally Get At the Mountains of Madness Made. Or Not.


Guillermo del Toro really, really, really wants to do an expensive, studio-backed adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft’s “At the Mountains of Madness”, and it’s likely he might have even had Tom Cruise waiting to star. Apparently Del Toro’s desire, and Cruise’s potential attachment, haven’t been enough for Universal to greenlight the picture. Which may mean, according to Deadline, that Del Toro might just end up doing another space monster movie entirely — the high-concept “Pacific Rim”.

Of course, word is that Del Toro would jump back on “Madness” if Universal finally got off their ass and gave him the money to make it. Failing that, he might end up at Legendary doing their “Pacific Rim”, another sci-fi/monster movie that would seem tailor made for someone of Del Toro’s interests.

So what’s the sticking point on “Madness”? The budget and potential “R” rating, apparently. Universal, as with all studios, would rather have a PG-13 movie for anything over $100 million. Del Toro is asking for, at least, $150 million and an “R” rating. Alas, neither side have been able to overcome that impasse.

Which means Del Toro may end up directing “Pacific Rim” for Legendary/Warner Bros. instead. Personally, I’d love to see that, though I’m sure Lovecraft fans may feel differently. But after skadooshing away from New Line’s “The Hobbit”, I would imagine Del Toro is getting anxious to return behind the camera sooner rather than later.

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  • Shazam!

    I’m sorry… I think we should put a ban on any and all postings that have to do with our pal Guillermo until he actually finishes a project!

    This guy reminds me of a kid I knew when I was 7 who according to him was always about to do something amazing like build a rocket, get a robot, use a jet-pack, make his own movie, etc.

    The last movie this guy actually directed was Hellboy II – that came out almost 4 years ago! This post should be read with a wink, but seriously, how many things can this guy really be doing well? I’d hate to see a guy of his calibre start pumping out volume as opposed to quality. If all he does is kick start these things and then jump ship when something else catches his eye, what worries me is that studios will finish them with lesser people at the helm. Come on Guillermo – take some ridalin, settle down and get ‘er done!

  • Simodoggie

    This is gone be awesome and at the mounties of madness i my favorite novell . and i work as a film maker as my self and Guillermo del Toro are one of my heroes, because he put so much work into his projects just look at his notes ..