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Guillermo del Toro Says Prometheus May Have Already Eaten His Lunch; Cthulhu May Slumber a While Longer

If you’re a follower of the career of Guillermo del Toro, which we certainly are, from Hellboy to Pan’s Labyrinth to his involvement in the very early concept stages of this December’s The Hobbit, you might be aware of one of his longest gestating projects, At the Mountains of Madness. Shelved once again in March of last year, the adaptation of the most famous work in of H.P. Lovecraft’s Cthulu mythos, has continually had trouble getting greenlit, as a conceptual horror movie about the ultimately uncomfortable relationship between mankind and the rest of the universe that would require a large budget, big special effects, and an R rating.

Wait… that sounds familiar…

In fact, all of those things could also apply to Ridley Scott‘s long awaited return to the Aliens universe, and del Toro feels this makes the market a bit to saturated.

After being asked about them in interviews, the director/producer/writer posted his observations on his message boards at to make his thoughts clear:

Prometheus started filming a while ago – right at the time we were in preproduction on Pacific Rim. The title itself gave me pause- knowing that Alien was heavily influenced by Lovecraft and his novella.

This time, decades later with the budget and place Ridley Scott occupied, I assumed the greek metaphor alluded at the creation aspects of the H.P. Lovecraft book. I believe I am right and if so, as a fan, I am delighted to see a new Ridley Scott science fiction film, but this will probably mark a long pause – if not the demise – of At the Mountains of Madness.

Hollywood’s no stranger to putting out two movies with very similar premises at the same time, but I can certainly understand del Toro’s artistic desire not to tread the same ground as someone else in his medium so soon after they have, especially an artist that he is a fan of. I also like that he’s not getting defensive or petty about it. I mean, I suppose that expecting people not to get defensive or petty about decisions that were pretty clearly not made purposefully to hinder them and their ambitions is a pretty basic expectation, but it’s still nice.

(via Coventry Telegraph.)

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  • Sarah

    I swear, the more I read able del Toro, the more I can’t help but like him. Pan’s Labyrinth made interested but The Orphanage and Hellboy has made pretty much anything he does an automatic must see. He seems so damn genuine and unpretentious.  

  • Anonymous

    I…guess?  I mean Spider-Man ,Batman and Avengers are all coming out in one summer. 
    I’m seeing all of them and thoroughly enjoying it. There is no feeling of over saturation at all. What’s the problem with more giant, insane space god movies that are rated R? That sounds awesome! I really don’t see the problem here. I respect his decision,but… dude, c’mon, we need all of the quality, insane sci-fi we can get to balance out the Transformers/Twilight garbage out there.
    Well anyway, I hope to god he’s the one who directs Sandman if that ever happens. Pan’s Labyrinth was the closest thing to a Sandman story in film. He perfectly nailed that dark fantasy, adult headspace without watering it down for “tender eyes”. 

  • Kaarel Jakobson

    What? Come on, Del Toro has way too many cancelled projects already!

  • Anonymous

    Del Toro is a really cool guy. I met him at SDCC last year, when having a serious injury did not stop him running around to every panel and meeting as many fans as he could. He also showed me the Miskatonic University Class ring he wears, and I geeked out HARD.

    According to Harry Knowles, Del Toro has 10 replicas of the device from his movie Chronos, and he gives them out whenever he meets someone he thinks should live forever. I think that’s pretty fantastic.

  • Kath

    I hope this means Hellboy 3 and the third Hellboy Animated films will happen.


  • Anonymous

    Yesyesyes more Hellboy.  Ron Perlman was born to play that role, and del Toro is amazing.

  • Anonymous

    Whoa Cthulhu mythos on the big screen? Nooo why must this be delayed?!

  • Anonymous

    Del Toro. All my money. ALL OF IT if this gets made. 

  • Frodo Baggins

    Dammit. Now I have to be all bitter at Prometheus. And I was so looking forward to enjoying it.

  • Diego Hernandez

    I have no problem with Del Toro putting out a film similar to Prometheus, just like I have no problem watching Thor, Captain America, Iron Man, etc, all films with a mutual basis and foundation. ONLY YOU CAN RESURRECT CTHULHU, GUILLERMO!

  • Anonymous

    I’m going to hold on to “long pause” and lock it in my heart. I’ve been hoping for Del Toro to do an official Lovecraft film for years.

    In the meantime, someone please direct me to the feelings washroom.